Somebody Loves You,
Mr Hatch

by Eileen Spinelli
illustrated by Paul Yalowitz

This touching book tells the story of an ordinary man who leads a boring life until a candy- filled heart arrives at his house saying "Somebody loves you." This greatly improves his outlook, making him more friendly and happy. When he learns the heart was a mistake and he's sad, his new friends rally around to show him he's cared for. 

This sweet story is quite popular due to how powerfully it teaches what a difference caring for others can make. Yalowitz's illustrations are a great fit for this story. We especially like how the colors slowly change from dull to bright as Mr. Hatch's whole outlook brightens.

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  K-Gr. 5               DRA Level: 30                  Lexile Measure:  550L
Grade Level Equiv: 4.1             Guided Reading: N  

Peek Inside
Sample spreads from inside Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch:

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