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MY LOVE IS FOR YOU by Susan Musgrave


by Susan Musgrave ; illustrated by Marilyn Faucher

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: March 26th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4598-1846-0
Publisher: Orca

A poetic ode to the love a parent feels for a child—love that is “pure,” “tender,” “sweet,” “fierce,” “strong,” and “endless.”

These rather abstract terms are explained using similes drawn from nature. Each stanza opens with two lines that begin with “Like.” Further figurative language is embedded in each stanza. Loose watercolor-and-gouache pictures pair the words with idealized visions of the natural world. Only three illustrations include people, all with light skin. Even though the seasons are not named, the verses and pictures evoke them, with spring: “Like blossoms kissing your eyes in sunlight, / a soft breeze misting your cheeks with dew, // like snowdrops bowing their heads to no one, / that’s how pure my love is.” In summer, love is “like blackberries big as your thumbs, and juicy, / and honey from bees who go bizz-buzz-whizz”; in fall it is “like mother bear cuddling her cubs in her den”; and finally in winter it’s “like mountains heaving under drifts of snow.” The final stanza invites the child to “count the stars on a night clear anew, / that’s how endless my love is for you.” The rather sophisticated phrasing and obscure comparisons may leave very young children puzzled. But the message of unconditional parental love cannot be missed even if toddlers don’t understand all the language.

If your love is sweet like honey, share this with a child your love is for. (Board book. 2-4)