I Love You Because You're You

I Love You Because You're You

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by Liza Baker, David M. McPhail, Kirsten Krohn
     
 

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In a poem about a Mama Fox's unconditional love for her cub, this story describes the many moods of all children-from happy to frightened, bashful to silly, and more-and will reassure them of their parents' abiding affection and approval.
Truly remarkable watercolor illustrations from David McPhail, sensitively wrought and never saccharine, are the perfect

Overview

In a poem about a Mama Fox's unconditional love for her cub, this story describes the many moods of all children-from happy to frightened, bashful to silly, and more-and will reassure them of their parents' abiding affection and approval.
Truly remarkable watercolor illustrations from David McPhail, sensitively wrought and never saccharine, are the perfect complement to Liza Baker's rhythmic, rhyming text. This book has quickly become a family favorite-and an enduring classic of the genre.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mother fox's affection for her little one is played out in greeting-card sentiments and McPhail's (If You Were My Bunny) winning artwork. Reassuring quatrains ("I love you when you're sad/ and need a kiss and hug./ I love you when you're playful/ and rolling on the rug") convey her unconditional love. McPhail's cozy watercolor illustrations offer tangible examples of the child's many moods, as when the "bashful" youngster hides behind the mother's knee as guests arrive, or gazes up at her when presenting her with a valentine ("I love you when you're proud,/ your head held in the air"). In this warm and fuzzy hug of a book, a parent's love knows no bounds. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book is a sweet story about a mama fox and her cub. Each page lovingly illustrates the range of emotions that a child experiences daily. Whether the little fox is frightened, bashful, happy or sick, Mama Fox reassures her baby that he is loved. The text is brief enough for a young child yet the message is suited for a child of any age. This story could be used to discuss emotions, feelings and behavior. The illustrations lend themselves to discussion of the baby's actions and the mother's expressions. Perfect for story time or bedtime, it is destined to be a classic tale of unconditional love. 2001, Cartwheel/Scholastic, $9.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer:Julie Eick Granchelli
Children's Literature - Julie Eick Granchelli
Repackaged with sturdy pages and a soft puff cover, this book will stand up to many rereadings with toddlers. It is a sweet story about a mama fox and her cub. Each page lovingly illustrates the range of emotions that a child experiences daily. Whether the little fox is frightened, bashful, happy, or sick, Mama Fox reassures her baby that he is loved. The text is brief enough for a young child, yet the message is suited for a child of any age. This story could be used to discuss emotions, feelings, and behavior. The illustrations lend themselves to discussion of the baby's actions and the mother's expressions. Perfect for story time or bedtime, it is destined to be a classic tale of unconditional love. Reviewer: Julie Eick Granchelli
Kirkus Reviews
A mother pledges her unwavering love for her child in a simple, yet wonderfully affirming poem that covers the gamut of emotions expressed by young children. Simply wrought verses arranged in rhyming couplets encompass everything from wanton silliness to more somber moods. Baker's language is perfectly suited to the preschooler; what the verses lack in eloquence they make up for in sincerity. The giggle factor is high as Baker selects examples that are bound to tickle funny bones: "I love you when you're frisky / and standing on your head." Others are reassuring: "I love you when you're angry / and cross your arms and pout." Regardless of the actions described and the humor employed, the constancy of the mother's love is readily apparent, a message that is clearly communicated to young readers. McPhail's (Bubblegum Delicious, not reviewed, etc.) illustrations feature a pair of ruddy foxes, quaintly attired in the slightly more formal apparel of yesteryear, lending the pictures an old-fashioned feel. Jewel-colored tones invigorate crisp drawings that comically depict the young kits' antics. Baker's repetition of reassurances is bound to make any child feel cherished. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439898386
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


David McPhail was born on June 30, 1940 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As a child, David was very imaginative and creative, pretending to be famous heroes and drawing what he imagined. In addition, he was addicted to books from an early age. He attended Vesper George University from 1957-1958 and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School from 1963-1966. He has been an illustrator of children’s books since 1967 and an author of children’s books since 1971. He says he enjoys writing and illustrating as much as he did when he began.

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I Love You Because You're You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is a gift we do rif program and we gave them out, every LOVE this book.
ShereadsALOT More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my two year old... She LOVES it.. I love it too... She even tries to read the book herself... Whenever she wants to read, this is the first book she grabs.
MrsWFL More than 1 year ago
This book was given to my 4 year old at the doctor. He sometimes asks for it by name. It has a cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my daughter when she was two. Even though she memorized every word before she could read, and now can read it herself at age 6 - she still loves to have me read this book to her. Recently she was asked at school to write about one of her favorite books - she chose this book! It is a sweet classic that will be around our house forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and so did my children. The mother is telling the child that she loves him no matter what. It shows the child in all different moods and behaviors, and no matter what the mother still loves him. It is a wonderful thing to remind your children of!