Philomel Books, 2018
OH! MY HEART I LOVED THIS GORGEOUS BOOK!!
I had a feeling before this gem fell into my hands that it would be special, because Megan Merchant is SUCH A BRILLIANT POET!!
And, as someone who devours books and words, I don’t say that lightly.
Words can be such simple things, but in the hands of a great writer, words can reach in and seduce your heart, caress tears from your eyes, leave you breathless with magic and hope and wonder. Megan’s poetry and essays do all of that and more. She treats words like fine strands of silk, weaving them together until they become a butterfly newly released from its cocoon.
These Words I Shaped for You, Megan’s first picture book, is the newest, dazzling butterfly to add to her collection of writings.
Illustrated by Basak Agaoglu, a mama panda carries and twirls and loves her baby through this vibrant, lyrical world. Each new page of stunning artwork matches Megan’s words beauty for beauty as you explore this book.
It’s a mother’s song, a mother’s poem, a mother’s comfort at bedtime, a mother’s reminder of dreams and exploration, and ultimately a mother’s way of teaching her child about the connections made through love, that carry us through this world. It’s a stunning love letter from a mother to her child.
Gosh, I found it difficult to pick a favorite line in this book, but I’ll leave you with these words,
“If you are quiet,
you can hear
the lulling chime of starlight
as you descend into dreams…”
If you’re ready to meet your first baby, this book is the perfect love song. If already have your babies, even if they are nine and seven like mine, this book is such a touching, precious reminder of those dreamy, first moments and all the wondrous days to follow.
Treat yourself or a new mama in your life to this stunning board book. And if you want to read more of Megan’s work, you can find her here, meganmerchant.wixsite.com/poet.