LOVE YOU ALWAYS by Frances Stickley

LOVE YOU ALWAYS

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Many books have similar titles and highlight the parent-child bond, but this gently flowing rhyme by Stickley elicits new warm, snuggly feelings.

Lush, boldly colored illustrations capture Mommy hedgehog and her son, Hedgie, as they amble through the fall woods. When Hedgie notes the turn of seasons, she explains: “ ‘Everything is changing,’ Mommy said. ‘It’s nature’s way. / But change makes nature lovelier with every passing day.’ ” Hedgie’s questions continue. “Mommy… / would you love me MORE…if I change?” Hedgie repeats his question as they encounter other mother-child pairs (squirrels, dragonflies, frogs, and rabbits), and, each time, Mommy explains that she could not love him more. At the end of the walk, Mommy and Hedgie return to their burrow and Hedgie asks the million-dollar question. “But, Mommy…will love always last forever, / even if I change just like the seasons or the weather?” She reassures him: “ALWAYS.” The final couplet ties the bow on it: “ ‘Always,’ whispered Hedgie / as he curled up in his bed. / ‘Imagine that,’ he murmured. ‘Just imagine,’ Mommy said.” All characters are simply and realistically drawn animals but with anthropomorphic facial expressions and body language. The cartoon landscape they dwell in is a benign one, round-lobed oak leaves, flowing water, and other organic shapes exuding comfort.

Loving thoughts, especially appropriate for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-593-12400-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2019




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