We Love Each Other

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A clever and charming board book with an upbeat theme and a special surprise on the last page—a North American debut by a brilliant illustrator

Love is everywhere! And it’s not just us humans. From birds to elephants, rabbits to turtles, there is love and togetherness depicted on every page. Very young readers will enjoy the surprises in this cheerfully inventive little book. The bold, colorful illustrations reveal a surprise beneath the flap ...

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Overview

A clever and charming board book with an upbeat theme and a special surprise on the last page—a North American debut by a brilliant illustrator

Love is everywhere! And it’s not just us humans. From birds to elephants, rabbits to turtles, there is love and togetherness depicted on every page. Very young readers will enjoy the surprises in this cheerfully inventive little book. The bold, colorful illustrations reveal a surprise beneath the flap on every page, with a final delightful surprise on the last page.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
…uses clever cutouts to convey—without ever stating outright—the message that loves completes us…Yonezu incorporates simple sentences that may be within reach of some early readers, but his ingenious pictures are the main attraction.
Publishers Weekly
★ 10/07/2013
Japanese author/illustrator Yonezu marries color, animal, and shape concepts with die-cuts and a reassuring theme of love in an expertly designed and executed board book. “Birds love each other,” begins the book, while two smiling red birds appear below on separate pages; turning the page brings them together as they create a heart shape. Two blue triangular mice and brown rectangular bears create a triangle and square on subsequent pages, among other colorful animal examples. Yonezu’s simple renderings radiate happiness and charm on every page. Up to age 3. (Nov.)
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"I appreciate a publishing company that understands how very difficult it is to make a good board book. . . . this book is pretty much brilliant. It shows animals apart who, when put together, make different shapes. Circles, squares, triangles. . . . The art is bold, colorful, simple, funny, sweet, touching."  —Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal

"Japanese author/illustrator Yonezu marries color, animal, and shape concepts with die-cuts and a reassuring theme of love in an expertly designed and executed board book. . . . Yonezu’s simple renderings radiate happiness and charm on every page."  —Publishers Weekly

"adorable and a great way to show your kids that you love them." —Jenny Williams, geekdad.com

"The vibrantly colored, stylized animals are appealing, the large white shapes on bold backgrounds command attention, and the glossy, die-cut pages encourage exploration....Babies and toddlers will appreciate this playful, upbeat introduction to shapes." —Kirkus Reviews

"A smart way to introduce simple shapes, adorable animals and a Valentine's-worthy love theme, Yonezu's board book is precious." —Kids Home Library

"A sweet book to read again and again." —Imagination Soup

"Yusuke Yonezu uses clever cutouts to convey—without ever stating outright—the message that loves completes us . . . ingenious pictures." —Sarah Smith, nytimes.com

"With a playful "love" message for Valentine's Day, Japanese author/illustrator Yusuke Yonezu brings together bold colors and stylized illustrations to familiarize tots with basic shapes." —Washington Parent

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
A cozy little board book about love becomes a graphic treat of shapes and colors. We read "Birds love each other." Red birds become a heart. Following that, blue mice become a triangle, green turtles become a circle, a big gray elephant and a baby gray elephant become a half-circle, two orange rabbits become a trapezoid, two brown bears become a square, and two big yellow cats and one little yellow kitten become a rectangle. The dye-cut pages of each shape will intrigue young children. There are many concepts presented in this simple book with its repetitive text. Parents and children can trace the shapes, name the colors, count the animals, and make their sounds. Older preschoolers may want to try to copy the drawings of the animals. Turn to the back of the book for the final line, "...I love YOU too!" and this becomes a great little gift book for Valentine's Day. It is too delightful a book to limit its use to one holiday, so keep it around all year long. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
A celebration of love and an ode to shapes for the littlest readers. The first double-page spread depicts a single, stylized red bird on each page and the text "Birds love each other." Thanks to cleverly placed die cuts, when the page is turned, the two birds join to form a heart on the left-hand page. The right-hand page simply features a large white heart on a bright red background. The remainder of the title follows this pattern: Two bright blue mice come together to form a triangle; smiling turtles--one atop the other--form a circle; a small elephant curls up beneath a big elephant to form a semicircle; two orange bunnies form a trapezoid; and a couple of cute bears make a square. The final pages showcase a feline family forming a rectangle: "Cats love each other… / …and their kitten too." In a bit of an awkward transition, the back cover speaks directly to readers, with the words "…I love YOU too!" above a big red heart. The vibrantly colored, stylized animals are appealing, the large white shapes on bold backgrounds command attention, and the glossy, die-cut pages encourage exploration. Babies and toddlers will appreciate this playful, upbeat introduction to shapes. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789888240562
  • Publisher: minedition
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 566,914
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Yusuke Yonezu is an author and illustrator of children’s books, including 5 Little Apples, the Guess What? series, Moving Blocks, Please Don't CryRainbow Chameleon, and Yum Yum!

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