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I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE YOU by Liza Baker

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE YOU

By Liza Baker (Author) , David McPhail (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-439-20638-3
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

A mother pledges her unwavering love for her child in a simple, yet wonderfully affirming poem that covers the gamut of emotions expressed by young children. Simply wrought verses arranged in rhyming couplets encompass everything from wanton silliness to more somber moods. Baker’s language is perfectly suited to the preschooler; what the verses lack in eloquence they make up for in sincerity. The giggle factor is high as Baker selects examples that are bound to tickle funny bones: “I love you when you’re frisky / and standing on your head.” Others are reassuring: “I love you when you’re angry / and cross your arms and pout.” Regardless of the actions described and the humor employed, the constancy of the mother’s love is readily apparent, a message that is clearly communicated to young readers. McPhail’s (Bubblegum Delicious, not reviewed, etc.) illustrations feature a pair of ruddy foxes, quaintly attired in the slightly more formal apparel of yesteryear, lending the pictures an old-fashioned feel. Jewel-colored tones invigorate crisp drawings that comically depict the young kits’ antics. Baker’s repetition of reassurances is bound to make any child feel cherished. (Picture book. 2-5)