Valentine’s Day Book Recommendation
“Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch”

somebody loves you mr. hatch book coverMr. Hatch is a lonely man who keeps to himself. But when he receives a rather large valentine from an anonymous admirer, he realizes that he is loved, and his view of himself and those around him changes. He feels a new desire to show kindness for the people he encounters each day.

a page from Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Eventually he learns that the valentine was delivered to him by mistake, and once again, his view of life changes.

Even though the illustrations, by Paul Yalowitz, seem plain and unassuming (just like Mr. Hatch), this picture book often brings tears to my eyes as I read it to my children, who look at me to see why my voice is sounding wierd. It reminds me of how what we do each day affects those around us, and how powerful small acts of kindness and expressions of love can be.

Apparently I'm not the only one who loves this book. It has been put on as a play in Chicago,

Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch put on as a play in Chicago

and you can listen and see it read aloud online by Hector Elizando, this famous guy who's face and voice I recognize, if not his name.

But truly, I think it's the most meaningful when you yourself read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch to a child you love.

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About Sunny

My name is Sunny, and my husband and I have five "children" ages 19 to 4. I love learning. I have a M.F.A. in Humanities and dream about going back to school some day. I run around doing "mom" stuff, try to put a nutritious dinner on the table for whomever shows up, and I thrive on creative projects when possible. Mostly I strive to just keep up with the mountains and mole hills of day to day life.
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