by Latiera N. Ford
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Love is a little girl who faces a number of challenges between her school and her home. We all can relate to the pressures of not being accepted by our peers,sibling rivalry, lost relationships and the struggle to find love through it all. While directly pin pointing these important issues, Baby Love serves as an open call for awareness that can hopefully bring us one step closer to making a positive change in the lives of all children.
This book is a must read for young adults ranging from age 13 years and older. Baby Love tells a story of issues that arise for young children that include bullying, issues with family, and it also teaches lessons on self love, acceptance, and kindness to one others.
Mrs. Trotter enters the classroom abruptly as she addresses the behavior of her students. “In my class, it is important that you not only learn the value of reading but the value of relationships. Since we are all getting acquainted with one another, I think it is fair to say we need more time to learn what great things we all have to offer. I know there is good in each one of you, but I could not tell from the terrible display of behavior I just witnessed. It deeply saddens me that you would treat one of your classmates this way. Now, we will do an activity, so we can all learn the importance of being nice to one another. First, I want everyone to start by apologizing to Love.
Love smiles shyly as she stands before the class. The group of students says in unison, "I'm sorry, Love." “Thank you,” Love says quietly as she takes the short path that leads to her desk. She is glad to finally sit in her seat.
Mrs. Trotter continues, “Next, I want you to say one nice thing about the person sitting next to you. Tia, since you are in the front, we will start with you and go across the row to each person until we reach the back. Michael, since you are the last person in the back of the class, you will say something nice about Tia.”
Latiera Ford is a career HR Professional turned Author and Entrepreneur. Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL., she has always taken pride in hard work and dedication.
Through news outlets, social media, family, and friends she noticed a lack of sensitivity that children have today. This has led to an increase in bullying, lack of positive self-image and acceptance, as well as family issues. Upon discovering this powerful message that needed to be addressed she decided to self-publish her first book entitled Baby Love. This book provides children from ages 13 and up with a straight forward approach to some of today’s most pressing issues. While tackling the aforementioned issues plaguing some of our youth, it also provides a direct approach on how they can be handled, while also teaching lessons of love and kindness. Unlike the normal cookie cutter children’s stories, this book is also honest to the core with some of the real issues that exist within families across America.
Baby Love has proven to be a strong book for this Chicago Native, and is destined to continue making waves throughout the literary scene. While promoting this project, Latiera is currently in Atlanta looking to further expand her brand through speaking engagements, press, school, vendor events and more!
A coming of age story that has too many ages.
I liked the issues Ford brings up in Baby Love: School bullying, sibling rivalry, parental stress, and separation. These are issues not discussed in children books very often. However, the story moves too quickly to give these issues a resolution.
The story does not sound like a coming of age story because the points of views shift. The story is mostly in Baby’s point of view but changes to her mother’s without reasons. Children want to know what children are thinking.
The intended age of the reader is hard to distinguish. The theme of the book are mature in nature but the protagonist is in elementary school. Through the eyes of the mother we get a glimpse at only the oldest son. If the book is designed for young teenagers than the age of the main character should be older and the point of view should stay with her. I mistook this for a early childhood book which only makes the shifting point of views more confusing.
There is no trial and error in this book that shows consequences for actions or learned behavior.Things get better and the author smooth this over with a declaration that things take time. It is said, but not shown. The book gives the impression that one outburst at home and running out of the classroom will fix things, or that one activity from a teacher or parent will change everyone’s behavior.
While I appreciate the theme of the book the book feels like it is trying to be too many things in a small space. I give Baby Love 2.5 / 5 open book reviews. One particular point of view, a longer story and more background about the narrator would help clarify the deep meanings Baby Love is positioned to teach.
As a single mother and a person who works with children who deal with these issues. It means a lot that an author is attempting to address concerns from a child’s eyes.
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