All I Gained, Dale Maiella & Kara Shade

Two Friends. Countless Adventures. One Incredible Gift.

A sweet bond between two unlikely grade school friends grows into an epic friendship spanning decades. Through their adventures and laughter, courage and heartbreak, Riley and Emma show us what it looks like to walk the path of life together faithfully, no matter what lies ahead.

Written in rhyming verse with breathtaking watercolor illustrations, All I Gained offers a fresh take on friendship for older children and adults alike.

Inspired by a real friendship of more than 30 years, this book:

  • helps older children and teens identify attributes of “true” friends so they can choose their crew wisely.
  • models how friendships can evolve from youth into adulthood, from more light-hearted fun to higher stakes challenges and transitions.
  • highlights the effort and intention it takes to cultivate close friendships for a lifetime.

Don’t let the picture book format fool you; this story has resonated deeply with adult readers, too! We hope All I Gained will serve as a meaningful keepsake for lifelong friends, or to gift someone who has lost a dear friend.

All I Gained is an entertaining, poignant, and inspiring children’s book that will resonate and delight children and adults alike from start to finish. All I Gained is an incredible book that highlights true and lasting friendship and the journey the reader embarks on is incredibly moving and beautiful.

Too many children’s books these days are generic and unoriginal, so I welcome this book and the important story at the heart of it! I love to recommend children’s books to parents and guardians and All I Gained has my approval thanks to its heartwarming moments and moving story! It is also one of the first children’s books I have read that will directly resonate with adults too, so both parent/guardian and child will love this book thanks to the story throughout. Already I would recommend this book to all children but if you are not convinced just yet then read the rest of my review to find out more about this dazzling book!

All I Gained is a beautiful and captivating children’s book that explores friendship that spans decades through the eyes of unlikely friends Riley and Emma. Riley and Emma after meeting in art class, form a strong and everlasting bond despite their differences and the reader will follow them on their journey from school to adulthood as they go through many trials and tribulations together.

All I Gained makes for an incredibly poignant read that is packed full of emotion and insight and provides young readers with valuable lessons while reminding adults of the lessons they too have learned in friendship. It is a unique and beautiful children’s book adored with stunning illustrations that help you identify true friendship, the effort that is required to stay friends for a lifetime, and how to support each other always… all while entertaining you with its wonderful story! And this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible All I Gained!

Dale Maiella & Kara Shade are exceptional authors thanks to their impeccably well-developed story, but they also are excellent writers thanks to the themes they explore throughout their book! I believe all children will adore this story, especially those that have a strong bond with a friend already thanks to the original story that combines many poignant and entertaining themes! As well as this All I Gained reads flawlessly with no use of complicated language; instead, it is written in an easy-to-read and stunning way that will captivate and alight young readers’ minds with amazement as well as inspire them at the same time.

The story of All I Gained itself is outstanding and full of a host of poignant themes and messages thanks to the exceptional authors Dale Maiella & Kara Shade. Maiella & Shade throughout their book explores many topics and themes, and all these themes are perfectly woven together into one mesmerizing read, and the result is a delightful book that all children should read or be read!

To conclude my thoughts on this wonderful book, All I Gained is an unforgettable, compelling, and entertaining children’s book that all children should read so I, of course, have to award this book a dazzling five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you won’t regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers!

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