You're The Apple Of My Face

Children - General
30 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2017
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

We all have feelings. It’s often difficult to describe our feelings, but we do feel something all of the time. There are happy feelings and sad feelings; feelings of grief and anger; feelings of gratitude and exhilaration. Feelings are what make us who we are; it’s what makes us alive. How we control our feelings, how we express our feelings, now that’s something completely different and it’s a concept that we must constantly work on. Why? Because some feelings are harmful to both us and others; while other feelings will give everyone great joy.

Happiness and joy are the most positive feelings. There is a certain distinct power behind these positive feelings, especially when these positive feelings are the way we feel about someone else. Poets and playwrights, songwriters and novelists have struggled for centuries for the perfect phrase, the perfect word, to express one’s feelings for another person. It’s not easy and, because it’s so difficult, we sometimes avoid making these feelings known. We avoid expressing these positive feelings, even though we must know, subconsciously at best, that we not only make ourselves feel better, but also those around us as well.

There have been numerous books written about the importance of positive feelings, happy feelings. But it doesn’t have to be all that complicated. Barry Rudner’s simple little picture book story, You’re the Apple of My Face, presents the importance of positive feelings in a very concise way that will appeal to both young and old readers alike. It is written in rhyming verse with delicate illustrations accompanying each verse to make each point crystal clear. A charming, poignant addition to anyone’s library.