We're a pair beyond compare,

a rare and special two,

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We're a pair beyond compare,

a rare and special two,

in all the ways that I am me

and you're completely you.

From tea time to game time, singing or swinging, in the good times and even the grumpy ones, a granddaughter knows her grandpa is always wonderfully himself, and she is wonderfully herself, and together they are unbeatable! A pair beyond compare, a rare and special two!

With simple rhymes and delightfully charming illustrations, Me with You is the perfect book to remind young readers how unique they and their grandparents truly are.

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Editorial Reviews

The enticing, picturesque scenes will make readers want to climb right into the pages to participate in each charming episode.
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to feel a grandparent's love and support will appreciate this book. Here, a small bear cub reflects upon the meaningful relationship she enjoys with her immense grandfather. In the good times, they are happy together sipping tea, playing on the tire swing, making music, preparing for Christmas, tending to the garden, and more. Then there are the bad times, when the bear cub is sick, sad, gruff, and gloomy. Always, the grandpa bear is available, supportive, helpful, and loving. Young readers will be drawn in by Christopher Denise's beautiful, soft illustrations and the fun activities they depict. Adult readers will have their heartstrings tugged and their memories stirred. This is a lovely, reassuring book that would work well as a bedtime story—especially when read by a grandparent to the child who is the apple of his eye. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal


This charmingly illustrated take on a reassuring adult-child relationship crosses the line into saccharine and obscure. The text, presumably from the point of view of the child, describes all of the ways she and her grandfather play, spend time together, and support one another. Each rhyming verse incorporates in some form the words "me" and "you." Unfortunately, the voice is adult in tone and sentiment, with phrases such as "tickling ivories," and "On days when being me feels like/the sky was painted black,/you and I together roll/along a brighter track." The mostly full-bleed, color-saturated illustrations depicting a fully dressed little girl bear and her bespectacled grandfather are expressive and appealing. With a painterly feel that showcases the versatility of the computer medium and effective use of color and shadows reflecting the mood of the story, the artwork easily outshines the overly sweet verses. Books about unconditional love are a dime a dozen, and this one breaks no new ground.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
A grandfather bear and his granddaughter enjoy each other's company in a variety of ways. Dempsey sets up a verse structure that at first appeals but quickly wears thin. The girl bear says, "When I am me, I'm dressed for tea / with you beside my chair, / Your head held high, you nibble pie / with fancy silverware," and so on: "When I am me, I'm swinging / over puddles from a rope," "I'm me when I am chasing down / the wind that swiped your hat," etc. Grammatical incorrectness aside (nominative cannot be objective), the relentless repetition begs the question, When is this little bear not herself? Denise supplies warmly affectionate intergenerational vignettes that provide visual interest, but possibly not enough to save this well-intentioned effort. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101627051
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/21/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Denise lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    A must read for all grandparents and grandchildren!

    This book grabbed my attention, as well as my children's attention, right from the front cover, and the pages in between did not disappoint. It is a story that touches the heart of any parent or grandparent and their relationship with the children in their life. It is the kind of book you want to give to all of your friends and family, as well as a book that would be a lasting addition to any library. Each time I read it, I'm endeared even more to it than the time before.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009


    How wonderful you feel when reading this book, especially aloud to children. Just the words, Me and You, pulls you in, and makes the story real. I aplaud the author, and the illustrator, for the colorful and eyecatching artistry. A must for grandparents to have in their home to share with the grandchildren, infants to adults. A real five stars book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Our New Favorite

    This is the kind of book you want to read over and over with those you love -- your children, your friends, your parents, ANYONE with whom you have a special relationship. The words reinforce the reasons your relationships are special and the art makes you want to climb in and be a part of the story. This book celebrates the kinds of relationships that allow each person to be an individual while at the same time knowing that each individual is better because of the pair. "We're a pair beyond compare,/a rare and special two,/in all the ways that I am me,/and you're completely you." ME WITH YOU also emphasizes that the individuals grow and change but our relationships with those we love will always be special. "And though I'll find new ways of being me my whole life through,/ my favorite me will always be when I am me with you." A special book not to be missed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    So cute

    Special book for grandfather and granddaughter to share toghether. Great illustrations.

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    Posted January 26, 2010

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