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Love Is: (illustrated Story Book about Caring for Others, Book about Love for Parents and Children, Rhyming Picture Book): 1

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Recommended to those who enjoy books in rhyme, stories about animal rescue, or reading about love and friendship. These lyrics from a song in the animated Charlotte’s Web have been stuck in my brain since I knew I was going to lose Piper, and feel very apt for this story as well: ‘How very special are we, for just a moment to be, part of life’s eternal rhyme. Okay so first lets not start with the positive because pshhh that soooo boring so lets start with what I found similar to the other two books which is an overarching theme in the Ali Hazelwood Cinematic Universe.

Honestly, the author just doesn't seem particularly interested in the whole premise, except as a way to emphasize that the heroine's people-pleasing problems are really bad—I mean, they're so bad that she even. This beautifully illustrated book tells the heartwarming story of a little girl and a duckling, who both grow to understand what it means to care for each other as they learn that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding on.Unfortunately, he's also the man who's in charge of the physics department at MIT and one of the decision-makers who will decide if she's the right candidate for her dream job.

Featuring twelve pieces dating from the fourteenth century to the present, this absorbing collection deliberately veers far from clichéd verses with its poems of regret and of mourning; straight love and gay love; bawdy verses of passion and desire, and gentle meditations on motherhood and marriage. And while Elsie wants to just jump his bones, Jack takes his time and focuses first and foremost on her pleasure and her pleasure alone, all so she can discover what she likes.The whole line between "faking being a girlfriend" and "working as a girlfriend" seems pretty unclear to Hazelwood—some of the work entails making up stories to her clients' family and friends about how the two of them met and whether she's being paid, which is obviously faking something, but she also specifies that other gigs just entail "going places as arm candy" without talking. I adored Elsie just as much as Jack did, I admired her, I worried for her, and I was so heavily invested in her career and her happiness that it surprised me. She refers, constantly, to having a different version of herself for every social situation, but what we actually see her do is "say something nice to a girl who's about to cry", "crack jokes to someone who enjoys jokes", "pretend to like movies she doesn't like", and "help sort out family problems when her mom asks her to.

She molds herself into a different character for each person in her life, putting their needs first. I imagine it can be so challenging being a female in this field and I love that Ali gives a voice to that. A beautifully written Advent book, which brings its stories in an accessible but challenging way, carried by giants of faith, some of whom you'll know and some of whom you might be meeting for the first time. Even though she still lives in a crappy apartment with her bestie Cece, she remains hopeful that she'll find a better position in the near future. Ali Hazelwood is so much smarter than I am, and I'm not going to lie, some of the physics stuff went right over my head, but that's okay.Elsie-I really, really love Elsie and I know that at times she isn't exactly easy to love bc she masks so much but I really appreciated her struggles with her identity. The book itself is about a girl and her little duckling going through the motions of growing up together and having to let go and allow the duck to move on when the time is right.

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