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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.” More
Summary: This is a poem that explains how parents view their children: babies take a place in your heart, and no matter their size or their age, that loving spot remains. This is a book that exudes love, and can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Although not billed as a book for adoptive families, it addresses the
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 0 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with child at 3½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He immediately wanted a second reading … and then asked us to stop reading and started reciting the poem herself.
Adult Reader Reaction: It is a wonderful poem that will make young kids feel warm and also allow parents to remind pre-teens and teenagers why they remain so protective, but without being a nudge or going over the top.
Pros: A poem you'll love reading over and over again. The illustrations are beautiful and expressive (allowing even preschoolers to "read" for themselves because they recognize the images).
Cons: None, really, although it's clearly a Mom reading the tale, and Dads could "say" the same thing, too.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! In fact, buy two. One for you and one as a gift. This book makes a PERFECT shower or new mom gift.
Educational Themes: This is a book that is shared with a hug. There is no story, per se, only the warmth of sharing your love with a child. For adoptive families, it helps affirm a child's place in your heart.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, family