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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
The Little Lamp written by Dave Dellecese and illustrated by Ada Konewki is an adorable picture book told in rhyme about being wanted even when it seems you are past your time for being loved. The story begins with a little lamp glowing brightly on the desk of a married couple, sure of his purpose and belonging in the home. His confidence continues as a baby joins the family and years pass by, but begins to wane when the parents buy a sleek new lamp for the bedroom. Despite giving his best, the old lamp is slowly relegated to the garbage. As he wonders if he has moved beyond love, a surprising turn of events helps him perceive that the right person can still see his value and purpose.
The Little Lamp by Dave Dellecese tells a positive and delightful story for anyone who has ever felt second best! Even as an adult, I felt warmth in remembering the people who love me while reading this book. Ada Konewki’s illustrations are vivid and comforting, bringing lots of emotion into a story centered around a lamp. I would list this book for grades kindergarten through third for solo readers as it contains a few challenging words like “obsolete” introduced around familiar language. This is also a great story time or group reading time book, with big images to show the crowd. Even if you don’t have little ones in your life, read this to remind yourself that you are loved, and then pass it on to another adult who needs to remember that truth!