SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, MR. HATCH (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996)

Mr. Hatch has the misfortune of being a loner, or that is his self-perception. This plays out in the way he lives his rather boring life. One day his life takes a turn for the better. Because of a unexpected Valentine’s gift of a box of chocolates, he begins to feel loved. This initiates a personal transformation. He takes an interest in others and becomes helpful. Then he finds out it was all a big mistake. What happens next? This children’s book illustrates the power and magic of feeling wanted and loved. The emotions of the story draw the reader in right there with Mr. Hatch. Somebody Loves You is a good book to read to a classroom of children. There are many teaching moments in this book. Add Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch to your collection of illustrated children’s books.