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I am not a grandparent, but according to my mom, being a grandmother is the best thing ever! That’s the idea behind author Mary Hoy Schmidt’s new book, The Most Love Ever! It’s a celebration of the special bond between a grandmother and a grandchild, a love that begins even before the child is born.
The story chronicles the relationship between Grandma and Evelyn and the deep love between the two of them.
Grandma loved Evelyn so much that she felt like she was floating in the air whenever she held her in her arms.
The Most Love Ever! also beautifully illustrates the changing relationship between Grandma and her own daughter once Evelyn is born, and how the love between a mother and daughter changes and grows once your own baby has a baby:
Truly a family affair, this book was written and illustrated by Mary, graphically designed by her daughter, and the dresses on the characters in the book were painted by Mary’s granddaughter. The story and the illustrations work together to lovingly depict the power of love between a grandmother and her granddaughter — the most love ever!!
With Mother’s Day around the corner, this would be the perfect gift to share with Grandma!
What if you could teach your child about big concepts like time, space, and quantum physics, and how there are no boundaries to love? What if you could do this in a simple, relatable way? Mary Hoy Schmidt lets us into her bedtime ritual with her granddaughter, and opens up a world of wonder and possibilities for us all.
Through the true story of her conversations with her granddaughter Evelyn, we learn about the exponential power of love. With simple illustrations and text, Mary and Evelyn share how big our love can grow and how it will last forever.
The power of a grandparent’s love brought this gem to life for me. The fact that three generations of women created the story, inspires me to create with my own children.
The Most Love Ever! reminds us how children are never too young to understand the secrets of the universe, and we adults are never too old to learn from our wise little ones. Share this book with your child, grandchild, or classroom, and witness the power of love grow ever wider.
Helps with: grandparenting, bedtime rituals, imagination, self-worth, sharing love, simplifying quantum physics, understanding the power of love, the universe, time and space, eternity and infinity.
– Carolyn Jyoti Burke, MSW, E-RYT 1000 – DevaTree, Mystic Moms
The vibrant illustrations and charming story of The Most Love Ever! beautifully convey the unconditional love between a grandmother and her granddaughter. The book uses the depth and breadth of this love to help young minds grasp the big concepts of infinity and eternity. For me, the even greater value of this book is its opportunity to talk about love with our grandchildren. From an earliest age, children worry about the love they receive: do they deserve to be loved, will we stop loving them, do we give more love to others than to them. As well, they worry about the love they give. On days when they can’t feel their love for us, or sense they don’t love us the way they used to, or fear they love other people more than us, they can experience painful feelings of guilt. This book is the perfect vehicle to remind our little people that they are worthy of love and that their hearts are of great resilience and infinite capacity.
– Lyndsay Green, Best-selling author whose books include The Well-Lived Life: Live with Purpose and Be Remembered.
The Most Love Ever! explores the sacred relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. It shares the tenderness of the precious moments between Evelyn and her grandma as they try to put into words the magnitude of their love for one another. A love that truly transcends time and space.
– Emily Butler, Mom and Principal, St Theresa Primary School, London, Ontario
The Most Love Ever! is a delightful story, telling of loving exchanges between a grandmother and her grandchild. The power of love, curiosity and creativity is evident as they explore together, “big” concepts in simple ways, using language that is clear and understandable for the young child.
This book is sure to be a favourite among grandmothers and their dear ones for years to come.
– Michelle Alonso, Retired Elementary School Teacher
The Most Love Ever!, the first book in “The LOVE Series”, is a true tale, expertly retold, about the love between a grandmother and her granddaughter.
Tender and endearing, beautifully illustrated and imaginatively recounted, this book provides a loving, learning and entertaining experience for children of all ages.
In my experience, I have found that young children love big words and new concepts, and this author creatively and gently leads them into a beginning understanding of the universe!
I eagerly anticipate the second book in the series!
– Nancy Butler, Retired Educational Assistant: JK/SK, and grandmother of five
The moment after I read this book, my first reaction was “Aw, she (Evelyn) is so cute and smart!” I immediately wanted to bring this book to my classroom.
Once I got this book, I shared it with my school children (4 years old). Their reaction to show me how much they love their parents was to stretch their arms all the way behind their backs (as “BIG” as they could), or to show me the size of their love with their two pointer fingers. It was so interactive and funny to watch!
I loved the grandmother’s step-by-step approach to helping the granddaughter understand the new vocabulary, and also expand her world outlook.
A few days after reading this book, I found myself still thinking about the big concept in my mind. It made me think this book is not only for children’s learning, but can also help adults to reflect on their life.
– Lulu Xu, RECE – Registered Early Childhood Educator
The Most Love Ever! is an important book dealing with the profound love between a Grandmother and her young Grandchild. And surprisingly, it reaches out to explain some of the more puzzling aspects of the Universe. This synthesis of love and science creates a unique vehicle to introduce a young child to the realities of the way things are. The book flows seamlessly between these conceivably disparate realities; one is caught up in the story of their tender relationship and then slowly realizes there is something more here.
The whimsical, geometric illustrations are perfect for the concept as well.
This vibrantly coloured hardcover book is a valuable addition to any library.
– Dave Hoy, Musician, Grandfather of three
Comments shared by other readers:
Very engaging and totally appropriate!
This book is amazing… great illustrations too.
Very sweet and original.
This is the cutest book!
Love the illustrations!
This book is perfectly lovely in all aspects! So gorgeous to look at, making it very inviting, and with such a wholesome, timely and evolved message.
The children I have definitely enjoyed your book; congratulations on this beautiful accomplishment!
Teaching big lessons through short stories. Everyday situations that children can relate to. A beautiful and creative way to open meaningful dialogue with children.
Simple, yet symbolic imagery. Perfect for drawing children into the magic of each lesson, and allowing their natural imagination to take flight!
This book is extraordinary! I just love the images, their expressions and the colour.
Your book is beautiful. It shares great messages, and the illustrations are so appealing.
Your book does a magnificent job of introducing children to the wonders of the universe and the infinite power of love!
Your book is so touching. Loved it. Keep writing and giving your special insight to others. You have a real gift.
Great start to what should be a great series.
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