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Author: Lisa McCourt

Illustrator: Cyd Moore

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Publisher: Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It was time for bed. Mama tucked in her child, but our young narrator had a question. "If I were a ... would you still love me?" And with each different animal, Mama explains just how she would show her love. This is a story that answers a child's perennial search to understand unconditional love.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This book was a hit just by the title! Our daughter laughed at the pictures and snuggled in closer as we turned each page. She loved this book ... and asked us to come up with new nicknames for her.

Adult Reader Reaction: Books like this are treasures. You can hear the child's voice in every question, and Mama's replies are just adorable (and make you wish you could be that clever on your feet). The illustrations are wonderful, and our narrator could easily be viewed as a boy or girl. I love that Mama always looks like Mama, even though her child is any number of animal species.

Pros: This story will help kids find the answer to their search to know whether they are loved no matter what.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a perfect book for your library and a great gift for new parents.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALWAYS   GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU   LITTLE KANGAROO, I LOVE YOU! (A Read-and-Squeeze Sweet Talkin' Book)

Educational Themes: This is a story to be shared and enjoyed. Children love to pretend they are big, scary creatures ... and want reassurance that they'd be loved all the same.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, dinosaurs

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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