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THE WAYS I WILL LOVE YOU by Rachel Boehm

THE WAYS I WILL LOVE YOU

By Rachel Boehm (Author) , Mary Jane Gerber (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 3

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-55469-187-6
Publisher: Orca

A mom recites all the ways she will love her little baby in a fairly standard rhyming text. "I'll love you with seashores, / I'll love you with pails, / I'll love you with sand castles / and hiking on trails." Text and some paintings are set within round medallions, reinforcing the cozy comfort of the sentiment conveyed. This mom and baby (and their collie, never mentioned but in virtually every picture) enjoy snuggling with books, playing outdoors and seeing the sights. Both mother and child have olive skin and curly, textured hair, potentially extending the book’s reach across ethnic groups. The muted palette and busy images (particularly the borders of the text medallions) skew this book toward older toddlers. It hardly stands out, but it's a wholesome and wholehearted reiteration of the best of the mother-child relationship. (Board book. 2-3)