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Every adult who loves a child knows how deep and rich that love can be. Little ones are lovable on the outside, with their tiny ears, eyes, and toes. And they're lovable for who they are on the inside, as they sing, play, and shout. Robin Cruise and Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine portray a diverse trio of parents and children in this lyrical celebration of a love that makes each child feel like the one and only.
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Overview


Every adult who loves a child knows how deep and rich that love can be. Little ones are lovable on the outside, with their tiny ears, eyes, and toes. And they're lovable for who they are on the inside, as they sing, play, and shout. Robin Cruise and Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine portray a diverse trio of parents and children in this lyrical celebration of a love that makes each child feel like the one and only.
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Publishers Weekly

Cruise's (Little Mamà Forgets) parental cooing provides soothing accompaniment to another sumptuous series of domestic portraits from Caldecott Honor artist Chodos-Irvine (Ella Sarah Gets Dressed). The book visits three parent-child pairs (including one father-son duo) at different points during the day and year. Evening finds a mother lovingly ushering her preschool-age daughter from bath to bedtime: "I love your kiss,/ your gentle sleep./ I love to watch you dream,/ so deep./ .../ I love my one, my only.../ you." The text's reverie mood teeters towards the soporific at times, but it's constantly buoyed by the visual energy that emanates from Chodos-Irvine's full-bleed spreads and spot illustrations. Using an array of printmaking techniques, she gives her colors, textures and shapes a robust physical presence that makes even the most familiar domestic set pieces seem fresh and unsentimental. The artist is at her most impressive when working in extreme close-up, capturing the unalloyed affection and physical intimacy that defines the first years of the parent-child relationship: the way a boy wraps his whole body around his father's head during an autumn piggyback ride, the utter bliss shared in a morning tickle of baby's knees, toes and feet. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

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A warm celebration of parental love. The sparse, rhyming text is evocative and affirming, and appropriate for toddlers or even babies: "I love/your knees,/your toes,/your feet./I love your skin—/so soft,/so sweet." The text hints at the passing of a day, while the illustrations depict timeless activities that every child can relate to. The art complements the text beautifully. Chodos-Irvine uses a combination of printmaking techniques to produce a soothing mix of patterns and textures. Pairings of moms, dads, and children of various ethnic groups are depicted. Many of the pictures show a youngster asserting independence in typical toddler fashion (for instance, brushing teeth), while the parent waits lovingly to assist if needed. Only You will make calming bedtime reading, and the words may end up memorized and recited aloud to soothe a cranky child. A stellar effort.
—Susan E. MurrayCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152166045
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.86 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Robin Cruise is the author of several books for young readers, including the picture book Only You, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine, and the novels The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin and Fiona's Private Pages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE is the author and illustrator of Best Best Friends and Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, a Caldecott Honor Book. She also illustrated Apple Pie Fourth of July, Hide and Seek, and Buzz, all by Janet S. Wong, Once Around the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson, Only You by Robin Cruise, and My House Is Singing by Betsy R. Rosenthal. Margaret Chodos-Irvine lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Must Read

    I absolutely love this book! It is so sweet. Basically it is a parent professing their love to their child. The parent just loves everything about the child inside and out and without condition. It is great book to read to your children as a bedtime story or just to tell them you love them. The pictures in this book are very vibrant and rich in color. They cover both pages of the book and are very bright and attractive. They would be very appealing to young children. I think a child at any age will appreciate this book. I would definitely recommend this book for every parent's home library. It is definitely a staple in mine and I'm not even a parent yet but I can't wait to read this book to my future children. I came across this book as part of a school project because I am studying to become a teacher and children's literature is a big staple in the education field. I simply just fell in love with this book along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    A new favorite

    I read a lot of books to children under age 5, including infant story time, and this one just grabbed me right away. The theme of a parent's love is used in so many picture books it's hard to choose. This one covers different age children as well as various ethnicites. It also shows the passing of time through the day, ending with a bath, of course. The length is just right and the art is a great match.

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