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LOVE YOU MORE by Susan Musgrave


by Susan Musgrave, illustrated by Esperança Melo

Age Range: 0 - 3

Pub Date: April 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0240-7
Publisher: Orca

A parent or other loving caregiver proclaims love for a child in a series of couplets that invoke the beauty of each month of the year.

The smooth verses cleverly use the distinctive features of each month to describe the love the parent has for the child. For instance: “I love you more than the white clouds in July / Galloping into the wild August sky.” The detailed, realistic illustrations depict an adorable, curly-headed little Caucasian girl exploring the outdoors with her trusty teddy bear at her side. July finds her on the beach, flying a kite with teddy lounging in a beach chair nearby, and she spends a lovely October day jumping into a pile of red and gold leaves, teddy’s hand in hers. In a nice touch, the narrator isn’t pictured until the final spread in which toddler and teddy are curled up on an adult’s lap with a book—even here, no face is pictured, so the loving adult could be man or woman, old or young. The child hearing the story can fill in the details.

Not exactly captivating toddler fare, but this celebration of love and life will no doubt be enjoyed by doting new parents and their not-yet-mobile infants. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)