I Want to Say I Love You

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Who loves you and thinks you're perfect? Your mother, of course. Caralyn Buehner's joyous ode celebrates the love and affection a mother feels for her child, even (or especially) in those not-so-perfect moments. Even "when you're ready for the day in your mix-matched sneaker style,/ And waiting at the door with bits of breakfast in your smile," kids, rest assured, Mom loves you! The endearing paper-collage illustrations of Jacqueline Rogers show mother and child in many happy moments together-where Mom is always ...
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Overview

Who loves you and thinks you're perfect? Your mother, of course. Caralyn Buehner's joyous ode celebrates the love and affection a mother feels for her child, even (or especially) in those not-so-perfect moments. Even "when you're ready for the day in your mix-matched sneaker style,/ And waiting at the door with bits of breakfast in your smile," kids, rest assured, Mom loves you! The endearing paper-collage illustrations of Jacqueline Rogers show mother and child in many happy moments together-where Mom is always ready to offer a hug and she's just so glad she has you!

A mother expresses her love for her child.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Employing imagery both sweet and humorous, Buehner (Fanny's Dream) captures a mother's expression of unconditional love for her child in this warm picture book. A series of seemingly small moments between mother and child ("When I call you to get up and you clatter down the stairs,/ With your eyes still blinking sleep, and your porcupine-ish hair,/ I love you.") add up to a free-flowing text bursting with tender, occasionally sappy, emotion. Rogers (Weird Pet Poems) catches the easy rhythm in cheerful mixed-media compositions an exuberant blend of earth-toned torn-paper collage and acrylic paints that marks a departure for the artist. Her scenes depict the pair in a number of everyday situations that radiate universal appeal. This affectionate volume, especially if read with a parent, will leave readers feeling as though they have just received a hug. Ages 3-6. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A mother expresses, in rhymed couplets, all the times and in all the ways she loves her child. Sometimes "We don't see things the same at all. But that's okay." They share many warm, happy moments of adventure and discovery. Rogers visualizes this heartfelt emotion with comforting scenes of togetherness. She builds her full and double-page naturalistic illustrations with layers of textured papers upon which she draws and paints details. The frequently torn edges of the shapes enhance the solidity of the compositions as forms blend with subtle three-dimensional solidity. Sometimes, however, there is an intrusive halo effect around the figures. A reassuring read-aloud that may call for multiple readings. 2001, Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, $15.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-"Sometimes I don't think, and forget to tell you so, but I want to make it crystal clear and certain that you know-I love you" are the words that open Buehner's quiet, reflective piece about a mother who reminds her daughter just how much she is cherished. Done with torn-paper collage and soft acrylics in muted tones, the illustrations include the little girl in a mismatched outfit and with a toothless grin, her handmade drawings, a precious gift to her mother of dead bees, and the two singing off-key. Mom lists all the things she loves about her child: her shouting as she returns home from school, the things that she says, and watching her play. This book makes a fine selection for stories about family relationships. With its theme of unconditional love, it is reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) and Barbara Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1991).-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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In a tender tale that captures the essence of childhood, a mother describes the myriad reasons she adores her offspring. The perceptive verses detail the enchanting vagaries of young children: sleep-tousled hairdos, decidedly offbeat fashion notions, questionable love offerings-dead insects, for example-skinned knees, and more. Beuhner's keen observations reveal a universal truth: it's those lovable quirks and foibles that so endear children to their parents. The phrase "I love you" is the emphatic statement that echoes throughout the poem, whether it's prefaced with the very honest sentiments of "I love you because of . . . " or "in spite of . . . " Aware that the path of parenthood is not always smoothly traversed, Buehner succinctly sums up the contraposition inherent in the parent/child relationship. "I am big, and you're still small, / We don't see things the same at all." Yet she swiftly bridges the generation gap with the reassurance, "But that's okay." Rogers's unique artwork clearly expresses the emotions within. Collages created out of assorted pieces of paper layered together and then painted and drawn upon add depth and vitality to the illustrations. The rich tones of the full-color pictures provide an ideal backdrop for the deeply moving poem. A perfect way to show little ones they are cherished. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803725478
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 0.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Caralyn Buehner
Husband-and-wife team Caralyn and Mark Buehner live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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