Friday, March 18, 2016

Margo's Musing: A Little Love Goes a Long Way!


Last week Margo went to story hour at our local library. That’s where she first heard the book that caught her attention this week. After reading it over and over again I can see what she finds so wonderful about the story, and it has earned a spot on my favorite shelf as well.




Mr. Hatch does the same thing every day. He eats the same food, he wears the same clothes, he goes to the same stores, he walks the same route to work. Nothing changes. One day the mailman arrives with a special package and when Mr. Hatch opens it there is a gigantic box of chocolates with a note saying, “Somebody loves you.” Later that day Mr. Hatch has a skip in his step, and he decides to wear a fancy tie. The following day he decides to share some of the chocolates with people at work who he hasn't really talked to before. Little by little Mr. Hatch starts breaking out of his comfort zone. Everything is going great until the postman comes again. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, but you will really enjoy reading it yourself.


I think Margo asks for this book to be read over and over again because she likes the ending so much. But I also think she loves when Mr. Hatch changes and starts to smile. After we read this story, she points at everyone, saying, “Smile! I love you! Yay! Hey, I love you!” It's super cute, plus it goes along with the story perfectly. Considering that the book is all about doing nice things for people anonymously and how things like that have a bigger impact than you'd think. I know Margo smiling at everybody has made some grumpy people feel happier from just her good cheer. :) 



If you have not read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli you should definitely check it out. Or listen to it at Storyline Online. I know one thing- it will make you want to brighten someone's day, like Margo. 


Happy Reading!  ~F



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42 comments:

  1. Sounds cute. Hopefully the mailman didn't deliver it to the wrong house.
    Through my wife, I've learned to smile more at others. It really does make a difference.

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    1. Alex- I can't tell you what happens- but it is a quick read (or a quick listen).

      I am glad your wife has helped you to smile more at others. It does make a big difference! :) ~L

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  2. I love this book...seriously love it...hasn't it been around for a while?

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    1. Patty- So glad to hear you love this one too! I just looked it up and its been around since 1996. This was my first time hearing of it! :) ~L

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  3. Awww a little smile and kind word CAN go a loooooong way. Love this message!

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    1. Claudine- It is a great message a a lovely story. You will adore it! :) ~L

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  4. This sounds really cute! I'll have to check it out for my step grand daughter!

    betty

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    1. Betty- It is an adorable story! I think your step granddaughter will love it. :) ~L

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  5. I love books that make you feel good. This one sounds adorable.

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    1. Beverly- I love books that make you feel good too. If you get a chance to read this one, you will love it! :) ~L

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  6. What an adorable story, it made me smile just reading about it.

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    1. Barbara- It made me smile too! :) ~L

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  7. This sounds amazing and lovely :)

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  8. How lovely. We can make a difference. We should make a difference. A positive difference.

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    1. Elephant's Child- I completely agree! If we all try to make a difference- imagine what the world would be like. :) ~L

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  9. So adorable, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Brenda- You are welcome! It is a great book! :) ~L

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  10. I love the illustrations - so unusual - and the story sounds awesome! Thanks for the review and good luck to Eileen! :)

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    1. Lexa- I agree that the illustrations are different and charming. The book will touch your heart if you read it. :) ~L

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  11. Love the message and the illustrations looks wonderful

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    1. Kimba- It is an all around fantastic book. :) ~L

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  12. Sounds delightful and he looks like Hector Elizondo

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    1. Dezmond- Good eye! That is Hector Elizondo reading the story online. :) ~L

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  13. I would really love to read it. Seems like a good read.

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  14. I haven't read it but love the pictures.

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    1. Mary- It is an all around great book! :) ~L

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  15. Awe this sounds like such a great book... I love the uplifting message, how very sweet xox

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    1. Launna- It is a wonderful book. :) ~L

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  16. This book just sounds too cute and actually like something I would like to read. I am actually someone who plays safe and likes routine so every now and again I can forget how good it can be to break out of the comfort zone and take a bit of a risk!

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    1. Olivia-Savannah- I agree that this is a good reminder to step outside of our comfort zone every now and then and see what happens. :) ~L

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  17. This sounds like such an incredibly sweet story! I'll have to check it out for sure :)

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    1. Meradeth- It is super sweet! :) ~L

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  18. Sounds like a great book. I really believe smiling and saying hi to people can brighten their day.

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    1. Kelly- It is a lovely book for kids and adults and the message is so important. We can all use smiles. :) ~L

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  19. I hadn't heard of this but I sure want to read it. Thanks for the post. I will definitely check it out.

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    1. Rosi- Oh- I know you will love it! :) Enjoy! ~L

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  20. Sounds like a delightful book!

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  21. Aww. All it takes is a little bit of love! I think a secret admirer gift would boost anyone's day.

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    1. Stephanie- We thought you might appreciate this one. ;) ~L and F

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