Just Because You're Mine

Overview

Little Red Squirrel tries to guess the reason that his daddy loves him—is it because he is a good High Climber, and Brave, and Fast, and Completely Handsome? Could it be because he’s so Friendly? Or maybe it’s because he’s so good at finding Top Secret Berries?

The answer is a heartwarming testament to a parent’s love for a child. From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrator Frank Endersby comes a classic story about...

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Overview

Little Red Squirrel tries to guess the reason that his daddy loves him—is it because he is a good High Climber, and Brave, and Fast, and Completely Handsome? Could it be because he’s so Friendly? Or maybe it’s because he’s so good at finding Top Secret Berries?

The answer is a heartwarming testament to a parent’s love for a child. From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrator Frank Endersby comes a classic story about the nature of unconditional love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Little Red Squirrel’s father shouts, “Did I tell you today that I love you?” his son answers, “Because why?” As father and child spend the day playing, Little Red Squirrel tries out various answers to the question. “Do you love me because I’m fast?” he asks after showing off his “Super Fast Running.” Of course, that’s not the reason why, nor are the others the small squirrel suggests—his father confirms that he’s good at finding berries, brave, daring, and handsome, but it’s not until bedtime that Daddy whispers the real reason he loves his child, an answer that the book’s title makes clear. Reminiscent of Guess How Much I Love You, it’s a conventional and reassuring reminder of a parent’s love for a child. While the language may occasionally be too sweet for some tastes, Lloyd-Jones (How to Get a Job... by Me, the Boss) interjects bits of light humor throughout (mostly in the form of Little Red Squirrel’s boisterous confidence and limitless energy), and the warmth and affection depicted in Endersby’s illustrations should appeal to those looking for models of fathers lovingly tending to children. Ages 3–7. Agent: Curtis Brown. Illustrator’s agent: Beehive Illustration. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson Davis
The Little Red Squirrel asked his Dad why he loved him. And then, the Little Red Squirrel kept guessing the answer for his dad. Maybe it is because he is such a fast runner. Maybe it is because he is brave. Maybe it is because he is completely handsome. And although Little Red Squirrel was all of those things, they were not the reason his daddy loved him. Finally, with a heartwarming answer, his daddy told him that he loved Little Red Squirrel, "Just because you're mine." True unconditional love is being taught and shown through this book. This is sure to be a classic book teaching children how much their parents completely love them. The drawings are delightfully fresh. They depict the father son relationship as a human would experience it. The book is very tender and would be the perfect bedtime story for a parent to read to a young child. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Little Red Squirrel continually speculates about why Daddy loves him. At day's end, his father proclaims, "…you are fast, you are smart, and handsome and friendly, and good at finding berries and you are very strong and brave," but the reason Little Red Squirrel is loved is "…just because you're mine." The art features precious poses and cute details like leaf blankets. The large compositions and simple scenes will work well for group sharing. However, the extended question-and-answer format may wear on little listeners' patience. Also, the format and idea aren't breaking new ground; stick with Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 2008) and Barbara M. Joosse's Papa, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 2005) instead.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
The newest entry into the glutted daddy/mommy-loves-his/her-little-one market is as sweet as all the rest but fails to distinguish itself. Little Red Squirrel and his dad are out "playing in the big wood." Daddy calls to his child, "Did I tell you today that I love you?" "Because why?" responds Little Red Squirrel, then proceeds to engage in all sorts of cute, squirrel-ish behavior to answer his question. Does daddy love him because he's fast? Because he's good at finding berries? Because he's "strong and can do such High Climbing?" Because he's so "ABSOLUTELY brave?" And on and on. It's all undeniably adorable, but just about everything about this book, from the dialogue-driven interaction, naming convention and dad-gets-the-last-word bedtime snuggle, smacks of Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram's now-classic Guess How Much I Love You? Endersby's illustrations feel just as derivative as Lloyd-Jones' text. Varying full-bleed, double-page spreads with vignettes, he creates a setting nearly identical in palette and feel to the Nutbrown Hares' evening romp. The gently anthropomorphized faces and body language recall the earlier parent-child duo as well. Heck, even the typeface does. For a fresh treatment of this ever-popular theme, opt for What's Special About Me, Mama? by Kristina Evans and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (2011), or take a look at the new pop-up version of Guess How Much I Love You? (2011). Skip this clone. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062014764
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 287,721
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of several books for children, including the New York Times bestselling How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister, illustrated by Sue Heap, and The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas!, illustrated by Michael Emberley. She lives in New York City, where she writes full-time.

Frank Endersby has enjoyed drawing and painting from a very young age. He has experimented with many forms of art, from designing greeting cards to designing china patterns to illustrating preschool board books. He is the illustrator of Left Hand, Right Hand: A "Hands-On" Book About Left and Right, by Janet Allison Brown. Frank lives in Cirencester, England. This is his first book for HarperCollins.

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