I Love You the Purplest

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Early in the evening two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best.
Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in ...

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Overview

Early in the evening two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best.
Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in the tender message that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart.

Two boys discover that their mother loves them equally but in different ways.

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Two brothers and their mother spend the day fishing on a lake. The two boys are eager to find out which of them she loves the best. For all of their questions, the mother comes up with answers that compliments them both. She ultimately tells one one she loves him the reddest and the other she loves him the bluest-each for his own special self. This heartwarming book will bring comfort and security to young listeners.
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CHILD, January 1997
To children who ask "Who do you love best?" this book offers the perfect balm. The setting for eloquent text and watercolors is a day spent fishing—and competing to be number one. Each child, a mother tells her two sons, is beloved for his own special ualities. The deliberate Julian is loved "the bluest," ebullient Max "the reddest," for a combined love that is "the purplest."

PARENTS, December 1996
When two brothers ask their mother which one she loves best, she comes up with a wise and loving answer. This book is a tender reminder that have a special place in their parents' hearts.

BOOKLIST, October 15, 1996
Further probing the theme of her Seprember 16, 1996

The setting is idyllic as two brothers and their Mama go fishing in the lake near their cabin until stars sprinkle the sky and the water turns dark as night. Max is boisterous; Julian is quieter and both of them are rivals for their mother's attention and her love. Who's the best fisherman? they ask Who's the best rower? At the end of the day, who does Mama love the best? Each time she answers them to show that she loves them both for their own special selves. Whyte's double-page-spread watercolors show the warm family scenes in a landscape filled with light and color. A soft affectionate story to confront the hard edges of sibling rivalry.

CHILD, Best Books of the Year, December/January 1997 To children who ask, "Who do you love the best?" this book offers the perfect balm. The setting for eloquent text and watercolors is a day spent fishing—and competing to be number one. Each child, a mother tells her two sons, is beloved for his own special qualitites. The deliberate Julian is loved "the bluest," ebullient Max "the reddest," for a combined love that is "the purplest."

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Further probing the theme of her Mama, Do You Love Me?, Joosse's resonant tale spotlights two young sons on a fishing expedition with their mother; each boy is angling to be tops with Mom. Clearly an experienced peacemaker, Mama offers just the right answers when the boys inquire which of them, for example, is the best rower: "Why, Julian, you took the deepest strokes. And Max, your strokes were fastest." As she tucks them into bed that night, they each pose the ultimate question: "Who do you love best?" She loves one the "bluest," the other the "reddest"; it is up to presiding adults to explain how these add up to the "purplest." Though it hovers on the cloying, Joosse's image-laden narrative makes for a soothing bedtime read-aloud. Gracefully moving from naturalistic panoramas to close-ups of the cherubic-looking brothers, Whyte's Boomer's Big Day watercolors amplify the story's considerable emotional pitch. Combining lifelike images of the characters with abstract impressions of twilit skies or lakeside woods, the art encapsulates the lyricism of the text. Ages 3-8. Oct.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
One of the most difficult issues young children face is the arrival of a new sibling. Sibling books are a great way to introduce and talk about potential issues or to help a child who is already experiencing the transition to find comfort in the fact that a picture book character has similar feelings and may even have found a satisfactory resolution. Joosse provides the best treatment I've ever read about sibling competition and a mother trying to answer the unwelcome question: "Who do you love best?"
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Two young brothers head out with their mother in a rowboat for an evening of fishing. They ask her to tell them who is better at digging worms, rowing, and catching fish, and later, back in their cabin at bedtime, they ask whom she loves the best. With each answer the caring mother assures both boys that they are equally skilled and equally loved. "I love you the bluest" she tells thoughtful, methodical Julian, "the color of a cave...splash of a waterfall...hush of a whisper." To peripatetic, energetic Max, she says, "I love you the reddest...the color of sky before it blazes into night." The final double-page spread, illustrating their cabin at night, is awash with purples; and so, she loves both "the purplest." The text effectively conveys movement with vigorous verbs and uses expressive phrases. Clues to each boy's character and temperament are provided. The glowing double-page watercolors, rendered in greens, blues, golds, reds, and purples, evoke the night's activities. The striking use of light, particularly the lantern in the boat and the stars, creates interest as do the effective compositions and varied perspectives. Occasionally some of the figures are awkwardly painted, but this is a minor flaw. Like the author's Mama, Do You Love Me? Chronicle, 1991, this reassuring book, good for story time or one-to-one sharing, will encourage families to think of their own superlative expressions of love.Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811807180
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 60,649
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Joosse is a full-time writer and mother. She lives with her family in a little stone house in Wisconsin. Ms. Joosse has a degree in journalism, but for the past 19 years she has devoted her time and talents to writing nearly twenty books for children. Visit Barbara Joosse's home page at: www.barbarajoosse.com.

Mary Whyte is an accomplished artist best known for her watercolor paintings. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and their golden retriever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    A mother's favorite

    I have given this book as a gift countless times when a second baby is born to the family. It's a touching reminder of loving each child for their own unique self. The watercolor illustrations are also stunning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    Great Book for Sons

    I have 2 boys that are only 2 years apart. This is fantastic book to explain how much I love them differently. They both have a copy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    A heartwarming look at a mother's love

    This is one of my favorite children's books. It encourages children that though they have different personalities, one is not better than the other, just different. It is encouraging and touching and truly captures a mother's heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

    Great gift from Nonna

    When the second child is coming the first may need a lot of support and encouragement. This beautiful narrative may be just the thing in the beginning and as the siblings grow up together.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Gave as a gift to each son - 33 & 38 yr. old, for their annual Christmas stocking book.

    In the age of "comparison to determine the best", what a great book to remind all age groups that each individual is loved for their own special gifts & qualities! So many times a "children's book" can remind us of truths . . . without wordy phd analysis!
    Barbara M. Joosse (& Nancy Tillman - On the Night You Were Born) use their gifts & qualities so well in doing this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2009

    Very Touching

    I received this book as a gift when my second son was born. It really touched me and I love reading it to my boys. It is a great way to identify how each child is different yet still loved equally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2006

    A Touching book For Parents & Caregivers to Read to all ages!

    As a caregiver of the developmentally disabled, I was able to let all my students know how important they all are and how each is cared for in their own special colorful ways! This book has been one of my favorite for years and now that we are expecting our own child soon, I am sure I will be reading it for many more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Captured my heart's love for my sons

    With two boys only 23 months apart, this exquisite book put on paper many of my emotions and feelings for my sons. We have had this book for four years, and whenever I loan it out, I make sure I give a 'must return' date. My sons keep it on a special shelf next to a cherubic statue of two little brothers whispering a secret. Wonderful, wonderful!!!! Everytime I think of the book, I smile.

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