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Author: Susan E Crites

Illustrator: Mark Jarman and Rosemary Jarman

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This colorful picture book opens with the first of many answers to a child's never-ending search for the answer to: how much do you love me? Throughout the book, the narrator explains how she (or he) loves the children in their life. This picture book is a poem filled with affirmations about how lovef for a child knows no bounds.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Shared with a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: She pulled the book from the shelf because of the rainbow on the cover, but she quickly jumped in to share the reading. The rhyming scheme makes it easy for partner reading, and she was happy to "help" us read. Without prompting, she commented on the bright colors in the illustrations, adding that "all the people are smiling. I like that."

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an over-sized picture book, and the children on the pages are larger-than-life, just like the love that is described in words. They are also simply illustrated, which will make them particularly attractive to toddlers and preschoolers. Although you might think this is a book for girls, there are lots of boys on the pages. I love that every child is uniquely presented, whether by hair color, clothes, or race. I also like that there are no adults in the pictures. This is a book to be shared between an adult and child, there is nothing to indicate that it is a parent-child relationship.

Pros: Colorful illustrations, smiling children, and rhyming text combine in this sweet poem that expresses an adult's love for a child. The presentation is universal, allowing the book to be shared beyond just a parent and child.

Cons: None, really. The rhymes do seem awkward in a couple spots, but they are minor.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book to be shared with a child. The colorful illustrations will make it fun for toddlers and preschoolers, and emerging readers will be aided by the rhyming text.


Educational Themes: There is no story in this book. It is, at its heart, a poem about love. With toddlers and preschoolers there are plenty of things to talk about, from colors and objects to feelings. Emerging readers will benefit from the repetitive text and rhymes, making it easier to expand their vocabulary and sight word recognition.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.6

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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