My Love For You Board Book

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Over 50,000 copies sold and their love continues to grow! In this wildly popular board book edition of Susan Roth's successful counting book, two mice walk together--and find that their love is bigger than 1 bear, taller than 2 giraffes, and larger than 3 blue whales. As they journey from 1 to 10, they discover that their love is greater than anything they can imagine.

School Library Journal said My Love for You is "cozy and reassuring...a good choice for sharing," and Booklist...

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Overview


Over 50,000 copies sold and their love continues to grow! In this wildly popular board book edition of Susan Roth's successful counting book, two mice walk together--and find that their love is bigger than 1 bear, taller than 2 giraffes, and larger than 3 blue whales. As they journey from 1 to 10, they discover that their love is greater than anything they can imagine.

School Library Journal said My Love for You is "cozy and reassuring...a good choice for sharing," and Booklist praised it as "a counting book with...a simple charm [and] a loving voice." Roth's bright, cheerful collage illustrations combined with durable board book pages and safe, rounded edges make the book perfect for sharing with even the youngest readers.

Introduces the numbers one to ten as two mice describe their love for each other as "bigger than 1 bear" to "loftier than 10 lovebirds."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This counting book, with soft and elaborate torn-paper illustrations and a wild-animal theme, describes a love "bigger than 1 bear, taller than 2 giraffes, [and] larger than 3 blue whales." A white mouse and a smaller brown mouse serve as the central characters, each taking turns to issue a declaration beginning with the words "My love for you" and continuing with phrases that incorporate numerals from one to 10. The mice compare strong feelings to animal giants from elephants to hippos, and end the list with the word "forever." Roth (Brave Martha and the Dragon) leaves the mice's relationship unspecific-they could be parent and child, friends or relatives, thus widening the potential audience for the book. Her art for this title is among her most childlike: she fashions fantastic landscapes and realistic animals from multicolored layers of paper-mottled, patterned, solid or tissue-thin. Transparent wisps and flyaway strands of cotton give some images a billowy look, while others have sharp, clipped edges. An amiable and direct primer. All ages. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
(PreSA) 1-to-10 counting book about love. Two mice, one smaller than the other but with no relationship between the two mentioned, stroll along through abstract landscapes, talking about their love for one another: "bigger than 1 bear," "taller than 2 giraffes," "longer than 5 pythons," "mightier than 8 lions," etc. In the end, they state that their love is greater than all of these put together and that it will last forever. The collage full- and double-page illustrations are fabricated from many layers of paper and a bit of paint, giving a variety of looks. The landscapes are soft, amorphous, and many-colored, with the birds and flowers suggested, rather than delineated. The animals are more crisply outlined and done in a simplified, lively, decorative style against subtly textured backgrounds. The overall effect is bright and cheerful. The type is bold upper case with the numbers and objects to be counted clearly defined. Cozy and reassuring, this is a good choice for sharing one-on-one.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
My Love For You: Roth (Brave Martha and the Dragons, p. 829, etc.) creates charming collages that quietly—then thunderously—spell out the size, strength, durability, and expanse of the love one mouse has for another. It's "bigger than 1 bear/taller than 2 giraffes/larger than 3 blue whales." Ultimately, their love is greater than anything they can imagine. The book adds up to a simple statement about an inexplicable emotion, but it has a gift-book prettiness rather than the resonance of a story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803723528
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,004,676
  • Age range: 3 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.88 (w) x 4.88 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Roth is the author and illustrator of many beautiful books for children. To create the collages for her books, Ms. Roth uses papers from sixteen baskets in her studio, which are lined up by color.

Susan L. Roth is the author and illustrator of many beautiful books for children. To create the collages for her books, Ms. Roth uses papers from sixteen baskets in her studio, which are lined up by color.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    Not just for children anymore!

    This book is not only just wonderful for kids, its great for adults too! I have worked in daycare while going to school for about two years and the daycare had a 1997 copy of this book. I read it to the kids and they loved it. I thought about the words and meaning of the book. IT IS GREAT FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER! I went out and bought a nice hard back copy of this book and wrapped it up one valentines day for my significant other as a gift. It was a cute, sweet, and romantic way to let him know just how much i love him, more than all the animals and as high as he could ever count!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    Adorable and Educational

    I just got this book for my 3 year old goddaughter who loves both animals and counting. It has a sweet message and teaches numbers and animal names at the same time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    PRECIOUS!

    'My Love for You' is colorful,educational, and contains a sweet message. When my nephew was three, this was his favorite book-- he'd memorized all the lines so I'd read: 'my love for you is longer than...' and he'd finish with '...four snakes...' This adorable exchange would continue as we counted to all 10 featured animals! It was such a nice moment, and fostered a wonderful, warming memory. I've bought this book for all the toddlers I know with the hope that their aunts/uncles/parents/sitters could share in this joy.

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