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Love Waves

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  52 reviews
How to comfort a young child who misses a special person when he or she is away? A treasured picturebook creator has the perfect solution.

Love Waves are what we send to our loved ones until we can be together again. Invisible and strong, they can fly across town or around the world, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that neither time nor space can keep love from ? nding i
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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Emily Briano
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet picture book that helps little ones name and visualize the "love waves" that a mom or dad (or any other loved one) send each other while they're apart. I love the addition of this term to my and Catherine's vocabulary since we have to be apart on a regular basis. I can simply say I'm sending her love waves on the phone and she knows what I'm feeling. ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
A cute book for kids dealing with separation anxiety (or just sadness when a parent has to leave). My daughter liked tracing each wave with her helped her make the connection between the parent and child, which we then "practiced" ourselves by blowing kisses and waves and tracing the waves in the air until they got to their intended recipient. Kind of reminds me of The Kissing Hand, though I like that one better... ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
It’s hard when Mom and Dad go off to work. Children miss their parents during the long time they are separated. Did you know that parents send love waves to their children? The love waves can go “around the world, around the sun” and “they can fly a thousand miles or one.”

Beautiful sparkling love waves zip across the page from parents to children, to remind children that their parents love them and are thinking of them.

“Out of my office window, can you hear me sing,
over the noise of the city, t
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
Told as two separate stories, this is about a little bunny whose mother and then father go to work. While at work, the mother and father wonder what the little bunny is doing and then send love waves.

"Around the world, around the sun,
they fly a thousand miles or one.
Nothing stops them on their way.
'I'm coming home!.
the love waves say."

The illustrations show metallic blue love waves going from the mother or father right to the little bunny's window where he/she catches them. This is an excellent
Daron N Mathena
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this to my son and I loved the writing and the concept, but WHY was mom a waitress and dad a businessman on the "highest floor"?? There's a lot of gender inequality in this and kids pick up on that stuff. So from now on, I'll be viewing my kid's books BEFORE I buy them.
I'm in school to be a doctor, so I think it's important that there's more of that in the books my son reads.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Why did the mother rabbit have to work as a waitress whilst the father left for his office job in the city? This needless gender inequality destroys what is otherwise a nice concept. Might not read this one to my kids again.
Abbie Zuhlke
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Love Waves is a short story composed of two parts. The first part, titled “Mama Goes to Work,” explains what happens when a boy’s mother goes off to work. She is a waitress and while she is serving cookies and tea, she wonders what her dear son is doing. She thinks she recognizes him through the café window, but it is not actually him. She misses her son and decides to send him love waves until she is able to return home and see him. Soon after receiving the love waves, the boy’s mother returns ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, I love Rosemary Wells' illustrations. Her bunchy little animals (especially the bunnies!!) are the cutest ever! I love the addition of the metallic "love waves" swirling across the pages here. The additional texture makes them fun to trace along.

Divided into two stories, one from the mother's POV, and one from the father's, but each talking to the child left at home. This is a book for separating families, even if it's just as parents go to work for the day.

I can see using this fo
The story is sweet and the illustrations are amazing (they move it from 1 star to 2). Separation anxiety is a real thing and this book is obviously designed to help kids understand it and combat it. I love the idea of sending each other love waves throughout the day. However, I won't be using this in story time or reading it to my own kids/grandkids because it perpetuates harmful gender stereotypes.

There are literally thousands of professions out there Wells could have chosen from for the parent
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Older book. Maybe similar to The Kissing Hand. Maybe written for children who will miss parents while they are working. I do love the definition of love wave in the back of the book. I bought it for .50 from the library give away so I will keep it.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Two working parents. Nice message of thinking of each other throughout the day and sending our good thoughts (love waves).
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A sweet story :)
Anna Keating
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a big believer in love waves and the baby liked it too. ...more
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Kelly Woznik
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a great book
Grades PS - 1

As with "Mama Don't Go," Wells tackles the subject of separation anxiety, this time from the perspective of a little bunny's mother and father. As each one prepares to leave for work, leaving the child in the care of the other, there are comforting words and waves. Throughout their workday, the parents think of their little one at home, sending "love waves" his way. Similar to radio waves, the love waves travel through the air and let the child know that mommy or daddy is thinking
Karen A.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
What is not to love about Rosemary Wells? She again masterfully writes text about a difficult topic but the text absolutely suits the ears of her young audience. This book is divided into to parts. One is called ‘Mama Goes to Work” and the second one is called ‘Papa Goes to Work’. Each part speaks to being left at home while one parent goes to work, but the author also assures the reader that mom and dad think about them all day long and send them love waves. The book has her trademark bunnies, ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame brings us another sweet book called Love Waves. If you love The Kissing Hand or The Hello Goodbye Window, then you will also love this book about a young bunny being separated from his parents as they go to work. A beautiful, shiny, blue love wave is sent out to him to remind him that he is loved. The love wave would also work for grandparents who live a distance from their beloved grandchildren, or children separated from military parents, the list could be e ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-books
Genre: PB16

Perfect story for when a child misses a relative and needs to know that love can travel across the miles. Love the bunny illustrations and of course the love wave that travels throughout the book is perfect. Rosemary Wells has an ability to tell stories that can touch any reader and this story does just that.

Three words to describe this book: Happy, love, family
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
With a lyrical narrative and colorful, cartoonish illustrations that are very typical for Rosemary Wells's books, this is an entertaining book for younger children. It details the love a parent has for a child, even when they are apart. ...more
Angela Hutchinson
This is a book recommended for preschool through second grade. At the preschool age, this would be great when mom and dad are away at work, but for the kindergarten through second grade it can be used to display any situation where a loved one is far away. I love the rhyming throughout the book and how it portrays that you don't have to be with someone for the love to be shared. ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great concept! A fun way for working parents to show their children that their love is always waving across to them from no matter how near or far away they are when they must be apart from one another. The shiny metallic wind that flies through the story will intrigue curious young readers.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is truly a lovely book (Rosemary Wells is usually very good,) for children, about a parent's love for their child even when the child is out of sight, or when the parent is (for example,) at work.
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really precious, and beautiful artwork as always from Rosemary Wells. I love the shiny blue they used for the "wave" that the parents send to their child so that he feels loved even when they aren't around... ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I liked the shiny "waves" that ran through the book at various points. ...more
separation, mom and dad at work
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another sweet sweet book from Rosemary Wells.
Danica Midlil
Rhyme seemed a little forced.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
My 4-year-old is a new reader and he loved that this book was easy enough that he could read most of it by himself and it's written in "chapters" like his older brother's books.
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Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences they

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