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I Love You as Much...
     

I Love You as Much...

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by Laura Krauss Melmed, Henri Sorensen (Illustrator)
 

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Celebrate Mother's Day every day. This celebration of the bond between mothers and their babies can be shared at naptime or bedtime or whenever it is time to say "I love you."

"Written in quatrains that break into couplets across each double page, this lullaby rhyme catalogues various animals and their offspring, describing each mother's testament of love."

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Celebrate Mother's Day every day. This celebration of the bond between mothers and their babies can be shared at naptime or bedtime or whenever it is time to say "I love you."

"Written in quatrains that break into couplets across each double page, this lullaby rhyme catalogues various animals and their offspring, describing each mother's testament of love." School Library Journal.

"The light-drenched, golden-toned pictures exert a quietly hypnotic effect on both reader and listener, aided by the lullaby's sonorous repetition of each mother animal's love poem to her baby." New York Times

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The tender connection between mother and child is universal. Here it is warmly expressed in beautiful paintings that spread across two pages. Each features an animal mother and her offspring (a horse and her colt, a bear and her cub, a goose and her gosling, etc.). It ends with a human mother gently urging her little one to go to sleep. The quiet rhyming verse expresses the mother's love for her child and the soft expressive pictures are a visual delight. This children's picture book really makes a nice transition to a picture book lap edition (large format board book) and would be a lovely addition to any baby's book collection. 2002 (orig. 1993), HarperFestival,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Written in quatrains that break into couplets across each double page, this lullaby rhyme catalogues various animals and their offspring, describing each mother's testament of love. The mountain nanny goat says, "`I love you as much as the mountain is steep'"; the camel says, "`I love you as much as the desert is dry.'" The book ends with a full quatrain of love poetry from a woman to her newborn child. Sorensen's paintings are large and bright, spanning double-page spreads and extending to the edge of each page, with full backgrounds and panoramic views that enhance the animal characters. The deep tones, well-lit landscapes (which contrast effectively with the darkness of the final picture), and the multiple layers of opaque paint suggest a formality of portraiture that is not usually seen in children's books. The text, which is discretely tucked away in the corners of the pages where it does not interrupt the effect of the illustration, is set in a decorative italic font. The potential for sentimentality is certainly present, but Melmed carefully avoids the cute and tearful. While reading this book is certainly a satisfying experience, full of pathos and meaning for parents, it's likely to appeal more to them than to their children.-Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688159788
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
146,973
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
2 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Krauss Melmed is author of Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, also illustrated by Frané Lessac; I Love You As Much . . . , illustrated by Henri Sorensen; and the critically acclaimed The Rainbabies, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Henri Sorensen is the illustrator of I Love You As Much . . . , also by Laura Krauss Melmed; Wishes for You by Tobi Tobias; and The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt. He lives in Denmark with his wife and two daughters.

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I Love You As Much... 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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zeghsy More than 1 year ago
this is my daughter's favorite baby book. this is one of four that we give at baby showers. we've noticed that very few people give books at showers. this purchase was for my sister-in-law. as she began opening it, she started to cry when she realized what the gift was, because she used to read all these books to my daughter when she was small.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it is hard to express how much we love our children. This book does and awesome job at portraing what love a mother truely has for her child. I have started buying copies of this book and giving them to new moms so they can start their library of great children's books. This is a must have for every household that loves books. Even the illustations are great and lovely to look at.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After an upsetting visit from Child Services driven by false allegations made by my ex-husband I took my son to Barnes and Noble to purchase a chapter book. We were at customer service there was a table with various books on it that I was leaning on. Under my hand was this book. I picked it up to read it. I then read it to my son as we waited there were tears in his eyes as he told me how much he loved me and he asked if we could buy it. I bought this book and we have read it now 3 times within 24 hours. There are now two books this and 'Love you forever' that someday will be placed in with my son's keepsakes so he will always know the love we share.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when my now 8 year old daughter was only a few months old and she still asks me to read it to her. The gentle rhyme helped her start to read on her own, and the illustrations are a delight to us both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book when I was expecting my now six year old daughter and was so impressed I bought it after her birth. My daughter loves the rythym and the pictures. I now include this as a gift to my friends as they announce the births of thier children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 15 month old daughter particularly likes the last page which shows a mother and baby. I'm hoping she'll show more interest in the rhythm of the writing and the illustrations as she gets older. I happen to like this book a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I Love You As Much' is a sweet book that expresses the love between mother and baby using soothing rymhes and animal characters. The illustrations are beautiful and soft, words are gentle and flowing. The book shows the greatness of love that a mother feels for her child like no other we have read so far.