Feeling the Love

art © priscilla hayes

Tina Turner asks (okay, so it’s more like belts out) “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Well, we say “Everything!” And we’re fairly certain Priscilla Hayes is right there with us. Who’s Hayes, you ask? She’s the Boston-based abstract artist–turned–children’s book author who combined a series of sweeping, sunny canvases with her own experiences involving “a child, a couple, a cat and a dog who are dear to [her]” to create a delightful new “fable in paint” called The Too Much Love Story.

Available mid-November (and more than worthy of some space on your bookshelf, we’d add) this story/art book involves a couple who—you guessed it—has too much love. Their love runs so deep that their hearts simply can’t contain it. So what happens? The love spills out of the house, into the yard, and through the streets of a seaside village; readers can literally see it happen through renderings of hearts of all shapes and sizes against Hayes’ vibrant backdrops.

When the town’s beaches, ice cream stands, playgrounds and theaters become impossibly overcrowded with the pair’s emotional outpouring, the couple searches for a solution. They find it—sound the spoiler alert alarms!!—in the swaddled-up arms of a new baby.

According to Hayes, The Too Much Love Story reveals just one of the many special ways of becoming a family. And, in a very cool touch, she encourages children and families to think about their own “love stories” by placing keepsake photos in a pocket that’s affixed to the book’s inside back cover.

Preview The Too Much Love Story here: www.threebeanpress.com/store/

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2 thoughts on “Feeling the Love

  1. India Clark October 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm Reply

    This book is truly special. Feel the love!

  2. Joan Hellthaler September 8, 2011 at 12:10 am Reply

    I had the pleasure of meeting Priscilla Hayes in Boothbay Harbor, Maine this summer. She was conducting a book signing at a local bookstore. I read the book and had an indepth discussion about her story and the illustrations. It was such a touching story and resonated for me personally and also professionally as an elementary educator. I purchased one signed copy for my classroom in Southport, CT and one for my daughter who teaches in a Charter School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Priscilla also shared her experiences with Three Bean Press, as I am the budding author of a middle-grade-novel. Thank you Priscilla! Joan H. Fairfield, CT

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