This deeply felt picture book from Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and her son Harry--authors of the memoir Under Our Roof--reassures children that, even when the grown-ups in their life are absent, they are loved and enough as they are.
When you can't stop the lightning or calm the crashing thunder,
you can look inside your heart,
where there's hope.
An evergreen message about hope and unconditional love is told through the story of a bunny separated from its parent during a rainstorm and all the forest friends who come together to offer help. This lyrical book will touch children who have experienced deep loneliness or isolation, and is crafted especially for those who know the unique heartache of witnessing a family member suffer from addiction.
This book is a child's companion to the authors' memoir, Under Our Roof, a story of opioid addiction and recovery. You Are Always Loved reinforces the message that it's never the child's fault and they are loved no matter what.
Congresswoman Dean and her son Cunnane, coauthors of the forthcoming adult memoir Under Our Roof, offer a narrative saturated with figurative language, reassuring children that they are beloved, even in times of trouble: "So, if ever a storm blows through/ and something you cherish is swept away,/ you are not the winds,/ and you are not the rain,/ and you are never alone." Clifton-Brown's friendly hand-painted gouache and digital illustrations introduce a brown rabbit whose parent inexplicably hops away. As a storm brews, other animals assist the bunny; the refrain "Hope is a friend" reoccurs as the animal is supported by an owl, a deer, and a mouse. While the sentiments may not feel innovative, the narrative is hopeful, and young readers will gladden as the rabbit's parent returns just as the sun breaks through dissipating clouds. Back matter features a letter from the authors, who explain the story's genesis in Cunnane's experiences with addiction and recovery after the birth of his daughter. Ages 4 8.