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Let Love Grow    by Samuel J. Butcher order for
Let Love Grow
by Samuel J. Butcher
Order:  USA  Can
Golden Books, 2006 (1999)
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Ah, gee! Who can resist the tear-drop shaped eyes of Precious® Moments characters, beautifully illustrated by Samuel J. Butcher, in a book to color? Crayons, ready? Here we go ... the following are just some of the outlined pictures in Let Love Grow.

The pretty girl on the front is already outfitted in soft colors of lavender, blue, pink and yellow. Inside, a cutie whistles a tune, wearing a flower-print dress and matching bow in her hair. Then, a young fellow sits in a wood-tub full of bubbles, brush in hand, scrubbing his puppy while kitty covers a laugh. Following that is a clown holding a hoop with a hole in it - exchanging glances with a puppy who just jumped through the hoop and landed in a puddle of water!

Lovingly outlined is a girl peeping through a heart-shaped hole she just cut in a Valentine card she made, while her tousle-haired puppy holds a heart with I'm Yours lettered on it. Or here's a young cowpoke, guitar in hand, strumming a tune as mice and puppy happily join in the song. The outside borders around each page can be colored, too - images of hearts, birds, flowers, crayons. Instructions for making a Diorama are an added bonus. The outside back cover has five pictures to cut out - with a suggestion to: 'Have a grown-up help you cut out the pieces.'

I'm planning on using all the colors in my crayon box to paint each wonderful, winsome Precious® Moments character. Have fun - and double the fun by having a friend color pages with you.

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