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Our Love Grows
     

Our Love Grows

by Anna Pignataro
 

In the deep green forest, Pip asked,
"Mama, when will I be big?"

Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing. But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he's growing and changing too. And no matter how

Overview

In the deep green forest, Pip asked,
"Mama, when will I be big?"

Pip is an adorable, roly-poly little panda who sees the world changing and growing. But Pip is feeling a bit left behind. Luckily Mama is there to show playful and curious Pip that, like the trees in the forest and the stars in the sky, he's growing and changing too. And no matter how much Pip grows, the one thing that will never change is how much Mama loves him!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/14/2016
In response to the question “When will I be big?” a mother panda reveals just how far her child has come. Working in what looks to be watercolor and pencil, Australian author-illustrator Pignataro (Agatha) creates delicately ethereal landscapes for the pandas to traverse—forests dense with pine and bamboo, snowy hillscapes—while showcasing a playful tenderness in their explorations and interactions. In earlier days, the panda reminds her child, “Our favorite song went on and on./ Hide and seek took oh-so-long”; vignettes show the young panda singing tirelessly on one page and its mother (sort of) hidden behind a row of trees. The concluding idea that, as the panda child has grown, “my love for you has grown bigger too,” is pitch perfect in its spirit of cozy reassurance. Ages 4–8. Agent: Alexandra Devlin, Rights People. (Apr.)
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"Pignataro (Agatha) creates delicately ethereal landscapes for the pandas to traverse-forests dense with pine and bamboo, snowy hillscapes-while showcasing a playful tenderness in their explorations and interactions.... The concluding idea that, as the panda child has grown, "my love for you has grown bigger too," is pitch perfect in its spirit of cozy reassurance. " - Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"A sweet story for parents to share with their young children. The theme is straightforward and told in rhyme. The book conveys a similar message to Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You, and the engaging artwork greatly enhances and complements the story. The pen and paint illustrations have a soft tone and will give readers a warm feeling." - School Library Journal

" The black-and-white pandas stand out against the soft green and brown of the background. Mama and Pip often mimic each other's actions,
and the special nature of their relationship is emphasized in the final line: as Pip has grown bigger, so has Mama's love. Pair with Sam McBratney's classic Guess How Much I Love You (1995) for another mother's loving testimony." - Booklist

"Warm, inviting illustrations couple with the spare rhyming text that assures young children that they are growing up and are loved." - The Reading Eagle

School Library Journal
04/01/2016
Toddler-PreS—Pip is a young panda who wonders when he will grow bigger and change like the world around him. His mother lovingly explains that in many ways he has already grown and changed just as the trees and flowers have. Even Birdy, his stuffed animal, was once shiny and new. Pip's paw prints used to be much smaller, his special blanket covered all of him, and he used to fit snugly in his mother's arms. She tells him that no matter how big he gets or how he changes, her love for him will grow as well. This is a sweet story for parents to share with their young children. The theme is straightforward and told in rhyme. The book conveys a similar message to Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You, and the engaging artwork greatly enhances and complements the story. The pen and paint illustrations have a soft tone and will give readers a warm feeling. VERDICT A sweet addition for preschool collections.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2016-03-16
A mother's gently rhyming answer to her child's "when will I be big?" The roly-poly panda cub's mother's reply is less an answer than a celebration of how much Pip has already grown as the seasons have changed. "Once this tree was smaller too. // And the stars above were just a few…. // Birdy was all bright and new / and Blankie covered all of you." The cub's paw prints were tiny in the snow, flowers bloomed, and pine cones rained down. The watercolor illustrations have a bit of an Asian flavor—the petals are cherry blossoms, the boats on the water look like sampans, and there are snow-covered mountains and Eastern lanterns. But while clearly mother and child, the pandas' emotional expressions are subtle instead of obvious, making the final line rather thin: "Like all these things and just like you… // my love for you has grown bigger too." Also, the vignettes picturing the growth of an evergreen show it progressing from less than a foot in height to more than 5 feet tall in the little time that has passed since the panda's birth. Similarly, the line about stars being just a few does not take into account astronomical reality. Skip. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492634188
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
869,749
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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