by Jane Porter, Illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring
Candlewick Press (MA)
On his first day of preschool, Dimitri's vocal affection for everything is met with wary reactions--until his guileless words begin to take root and grow.
Dimitri may be small, but his heart is as big and as open as a cloudless blue sky. "I love you," Dimitri tells his new classmates at preschool. "I love you," Dimitri tells the class guinea pig and the ants on the ground. "I love you," Dimitri tells the paintbrushes and the tree with heart-shaped leaves. So why doesn't anyone say "I love you" back? Could love also be expressed in unspoken ways? In a familiar story of navigating the social cues of new friendship, author Jane Porter and illustrator Maisie Paradise Shearring offer a thoughtful tribute to the tender ones--those who spread kindness simply by being, and who love without bounds.
About the Contributors:
Jane Porter was a geography editor for a magazine before going to school to study illustration. She now works full time as an illustrator, writer, and teacher -- though she still loves maps! Jane Porter lives in London with her family.