I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE by Patricia Hegarty

I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE

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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Successive animals tell their little ones how much they are loved.

Soft-edged and baby-friendly illustrations depict nine pairs of animals—a parent and a young one—in a lightly anthropomorphized style. In the first double-page spread, the day begins and a bear holds a cub high up in the air. It will be this same pair that will close the book in the last spread as night falls. In between readers will find pairs of dogs, birds, seals, elephants, rabbits, lions, foxes, and turtles. Accompanying each spread, rhyming text describes the action taking place: “Hopping, skipping rabbits / play a game of chase, / then nestle down together / in a happy, golden place.” A second stanza goes on to say how much the baby is loved, though in most cases rhyming seems to be more important than making sense; “As bright as the meadow, where dandelions sway, / I love you more and more each day.” Or “As soft as the grass, spreading near and far, / I love you just the way you are.” For no apparent reason, though perhaps to go with the touchy-feely rhyme, each spread has a touch-and-feel element as well.

Although images and sentiments are appealing, treacly, nonsensical text causes this book to fall short of the mark. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-58925-241-7
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2017




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