I Love You More

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"The book is considered one of the best selling self-published children's titles of all times and has won numerous awards."
— CITY SMART MAGAZINE

"Digital technology and a little sweat equity helped Laura Duksta pull off an unlikely career switch from bartender to successful children's book author...With $10,000 of her mom's money riding on the first 3000 copies of her children's book... Duksta, who lost her hair due to childhood illness, persevered."
— USA TODAY

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Overview

"The book is considered one of the best selling self-published children's titles of all times and has won numerous awards."
— CITY SMART MAGAZINE

"Digital technology and a little sweat equity helped Laura Duksta pull off an unlikely career switch from bartender to successful children's book author...With $10,000 of her mom's money riding on the first 3000 copies of her children's book... Duksta, who lost her hair due to childhood illness, persevered."
— USA TODAY

"{Her classroom visits and books} promote the self-actualization concepts of human possibility rather than limitation, so the child and adult alike may transform their lives into whatever they dream or imagine."
— FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL

"Disguised as a Children's book, this story is all about how much one person can love another."
— ePREGNANCY MAGAZINE

"The day we received I Love You More my wife read it over the phone to our youngest child. The conversation of love it sparked was magical."
-Jack Canfield, Co-author of CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE KID'S SOUL

"I love this book because it deals with the most powerful thing in the world...love"
-Mark Victor Hansen, Co-author of the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL SERIES

"In my entire life I've never read a children's book that has touched me so deeply. I Love You More is simply, elegant and moving. It's impossible for anyone to read this book without their hearts opening with tears of gratitude and love."
-Dr. John F. Demartini, Author of COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, featured in the movie phenomenon THE SECRET

"I Love You More shines as a pure expression of the heart. I wish everyone could ready this book and live its glowing message."—Alan Cohen, Author of A DEEP BREATH OF LIFE

"I cannot get enough of I Love You More. I actually first saw it under the Christmas tree at The White House during a Christmas party over a year ago. It is, by far, my favorite book to read to my boys. It truly touches my heart every time I read it and wanted to thank you writing and illustrating this book." -Carly Glazier

Experience the bestseller that has sparked the conversation of love around the world!

I love you brighter than the brightest star ever shone.
I love you more, so much more than you've ever known.

Were you ever told, "You know I love you?" Or have you ever felt that you did not tell someone you loved them enough? Reach out and embrace I Love You More, a timeless gift you will share again and again.

Too often love is assumed and not spoken. Love should be seen, heard, felt, sensed, shown, expressed, talked about-and more! Reading I Love You More will become a game, a conversation of love, that people, especially parents and children, can share for years.

This cleverly conceived flip story, which ends in the middle and starts from either side, will show you what love looks like from both a child and a parent's perspective. With a simple, touching story, rhyme and rhythm, and vibrant child-like illustrations, this book will be treasured by anyone who has ever said "I love you" and heard the best response in the world: "I LOVE YOU MORE."

A Little Bit About the Author:
The first thing people notice about Laura is that she is bald. Laura lost all of her hair to Alopecia Areata at the age of 11. It took her many years to love herself and to allow others to love her. Laura believes that when people know they are loved-anything is possible. This is the power of the message of her first book I Love You More, written for her nephew Tyler. Laura knew from a young age that she was meant to travel the world, meet her brothers and sisters and spread the message of love. She is now fulfilling this mission through her book, school programs and inspirational talks.

Laura resides in Fort Lauderdale surrounded by the love of her family and friends.

A Little Bit About the Illustrator
Karen earned the nickname "Hippie" from her love for people and the planet. She loves all things that connect her to nature including surfing and gardening. She's an avid vegetarian who practices yoga and meditation. Karen is a professional photographer and now illustrator capturing the world's magic and love through her pictures.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Told in verse, a mother and her son exchange messages about how much they love each other. Cleverly fashioned with a picture of the earth in the middle surrounded by the words "I love you more than anything in the whole wide world," the book is two stories in one. It is reversible from each cover, each story ending in the center with the picture of the world. The illustrations are soft drawings that depict the characters as they walk hand and hand, as well as showing the examples that they share. When the boy asks his mother "Just how much do you love me?" she replies in terms of the highest flying bird, the tallest tree, the longest path, the prettiest flower, "…deeper than the deepest fish ever swam. I love you stronger than the strongest big river dam," and so forth. He whispers in reply "I love you more!" and next we see the whole wide world. The reader then flips the book over and reads the story from the boy's point of view with the mom asking him the "how much do you love me?" question. His answers include comparisons to quiet caterpillars, frog leaps, biggest bubbles, freest kites, highest swings, sweetest songs, long-lasting lollipops, loud rocket ships, tall giraffes, and "so much more than you have ever known." Mom's "I love you more" reply finds the reader back at the center of things: the "whole wide world" of love page. Obviously love itself was poured into the creation of this book. Perfect for Valentine's Day, this is a genuine expression of love which will inspire readers to discuss their own ideas about the subject. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2 Two books in one. Read one way, it is the parent who responds to the child's question, "just how much do you love me?" With the book turned over and read from the back, the mother asks the question of her son. Both answers are given in rhyming couplets as the pair try to prove the depth and strength of their love. Some of the rhymes work well, but others seem forced, e. g., "I love you longer than the longest path ever wound./I love you prettier than the prettiest flower ever found." At the middle, where the two books meet, readers see that the two love one another "more than anything in the whole wide world." The large illustrations are colorful and childlike, but the text trips the tongue. Similar titles, such as Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995), are more lyrical to read. Consider this one an additional purchase.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402211263
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 130,398
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Duksta
Laura Duksta believes that when people know they are loved, anything is possible. Laura lost all of her hair to Alopecia Areata at the age of 11. It took her many years to love herself and to allow others to love her. Laura knew from a young age that she was meant to travel the world, meet her brothers and sisters and spread the message of love. She is now fulfilling this mission through her book, school programs and inspirational talks. Laura resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Karen Keesler earned the nickname "Hippie" from her love for people and the planet. She loves all things that connect her to nature including surfing, gardening, yoga and meditation. Karen is a professional photographer and illustrator, capturing the world's magic and love through her pictures. She is committed to bringing programs into schools and the community that support the environment and the arts. Karen lives in South Florida with her beloved Ferny, dog Chloe and loving family.

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Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from I Love You More

Walking outdoors one day a little boy turned to his mother and asked, "Mommy, just how much do you love me?"

Surprised at the question but with no delay, she replied with a smile...

I love you higher than the highest bird ever flew.

I love you longer than the longest path ever wound.

I love you deeper than the deepest fish ever swam.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    What???

    $16.99 for an ebook is crazy!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Way too expensive

    I would pay 16.99 for a sturdy book for classroom use but definitely not as an ebook. BN should really look at their costs.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!!

    TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Cost way to much

    I agree theres no way its worth $ 16.00 wow

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Sweet book

    I really like that this book is not just about a mother's love for her child, but also that child's love for his mother. My 3 year old loves to 'read' this with me. The way that it is laid out so that you can start the book from the child's perspective or from the mother's is really nice & my child can't get enough of how cool that is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    wow

    I dnt care how good a piture book is its not worth 16$

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Overpriced

    Really? $16.99 for an ebook? No way!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    Charming and engaging

    This has been a wonderful book for our family with two children. It is gender neutral, even though the main character is a boy. The illustrations are engaging and the writing is catchy. My girls and I have read it so many times that we recited the words to each other, "I love you more...". It always brings a smile to our faces!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    perfect for mother-son pair

    very sappy and sweet! i highly recommend it as a gift for a new baby boy or a little boy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Love this book more!

    My daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting Laura and Karen on their book tour. This is a wonderful read aloud, as well as a quiet read between parent/child. Makes a wonderful baby gift, graduation gift, birthday gift, holiday gift, and even a wedding shower gift.. especially from a parent to child getting married. My daughter (4 yrs) and I love to read this, and it has become part of our daily dialog to each other. Highly recommend this book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Pricey!!

    $16 for a childrens ebook and not even a sample to decide if it is worth it? Give me a break.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A warm, reassuring story related in lilting rhyme I LOVE YOU MORE is the answer to a small boy's question, 'Mommy, just how much do you love me?' Her replies are in verse form with simple, everyday objects representing the depth and breadth of her love. For instance, 'I love you higher than the highest bird ever flew. I love you taller than the tallest tree ever grew.' The book is flip-sided so it may be read from front to back or back to front, thus the book never ends just as a mother's love never does. Illustrations by Karen Kessler are full-page, bright in primary colors. This is a story so appealing that even when youngsters know it by heart they'll want to hear it again and again. It's a lovely way for mothers to remind young ones of how very much they care. - Gail Cooke

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    It is never outdated

    Very cleverly illustrates how love for one another continues on and on forever. Great family tradition. We've shared this story with each generation from parent to child, grandchildren and now great grandchildren.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    Beautiful book. Wonderful artwork. Quality paper. Very creative

    Beautiful book. Wonderful artwork. Quality paper. Very creative and novel presentation -- book opens and reads from both ends! Beautiful wording and message. I just wish they also made one with her holding a little girl!  A book you can read over and over with your little one.  

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is an amazing book.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Awesome !

    We love this book !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2011

    read to me

    yes no good picture book nyuoessu.......

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    No

    No, i think it is a good price because its a good picture book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    A Great Gift Idea

    I gave this book to my son...when he was 28! When he was small, we did this back and forth exchange every night at bedtime, about who loved who more. Unfortunately, the book wasn't available then.
    Recently, I found the book and knew he would appreciate the memories. He loved it, and the idea of perserving the bedtime memory. He plans to pass it on to his child, with our personal story to go with it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    Inspirational

    I think that this book was one of the greatest children's literature books published in a long time. It hits home right where it counts. I think they did a wonderful job conveying the message of love, and how special that bond is...no matter which way you look at it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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