From the Publisher
[set star]"Any child with a loving, committed caregiver will recognize that person in these pages."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A most reassuring toddler book, great for one-on-one sharing and story times . . . A winner."--School Library Journal
"The loving and playful relationship between this penguin parent and child makes for an exceptionally warm little book."--Publishers Weekly
First published as a picture book in 1997, PW called I Like It When... by Mary Murphy "exceptionally warm." Now, the story of a penguin child and her loving caregiver return in a board book format that sets off the economical text and bold palette.
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
In this book the simple pleasures (of childhood) are articulated. For example, the first page shows an adult penguin and a child penguin walking along holding hands and smiling, and the text reads ''I like it when you hold my hand''. The pictures, set on primary color pages, are really cute. It is a sweet little book, good for bedtime reading, and may teach the toddler that some of the everyday things (like kissing goodnight, tickling, hugging) are in fact precious and should be cherished.
A little penguin tells a big penguin about the shared experiences it likes most: "I like it when you hold my hand," and "I like it when you let me help." These are simple pleasures, from eating new things to playing peekaboo, reading, dancing, sharing stories, splashing in the tub, and being hugged and kissed good night. With large bold shapes against flat backgrounds in poster-paint colors, Murphy's first book makes clear the happy closeness of the pair. Although the most obvious assumption is that the penguins represent mother and child, their relationship is not spelled out or narrowly defined in any way. Any child with a loving, committed caregiver will recognize that person in these pages.