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Who Loves Me?
     

Who Loves Me?

by Patricia MacLachlan, Amanda Shepherd (Illustrator), Emily Maclachlan Charest
 

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A tender ode to unconditional love.

A little girl asks the same question she must ask every night before drifting off to sleep...who loves me?

The result is a soothing and tender good–night tale brimming with heart, in which a little girl learns of the enormous love that surrounds her. Beloved author Patricia MacLachlan gives voice to that most

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A tender ode to unconditional love.

A little girl asks the same question she must ask every night before drifting off to sleep...who loves me?

The result is a soothing and tender good–night tale brimming with heart, in which a little girl learns of the enormous love that surrounds her. Beloved author Patricia MacLachlan gives voice to that most elemental need, the need for love.

Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan's words are brought to life by Amanda Shepherd's playful and exquisitely painted illustrations. This inspired book of unconditional love and reassurance has all the makings of a classic.

Ages 4 – 8

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As moonlight dapples her bed, a girl finds herself in a contemplative mood. "Who loves me?" she wonders. Fortunately, wise counsel is close at hand: her talking marmalade tabby. Family members and friends love her, the cat reassures her, and despite what she suspects, the dog's love isn't dependent on the treats she proffers. "He would love you even if you didn't," insists the cat. Of course, the cat's affections are never in question; after all, "I brought you a mouse once." (The girl replies that she let the mouse go. "That mouse loves you, too," notes the feline wryly.) Some children may find Shepherd's (Rules of the Wild) dreamlike paintings a bit abstract. The cat, a combination of mysterious sagacity and good-humored affection, feels genuinely magical as it encourages the girl's reveries (especially when those reveries involve goldfish). The heroine's broad, stylized face and broomstick hair, however, at times give the impression of an editorial creation rather than a literary character with which children can identify. MacLachlan unwinds her prose with the lilt of a lullaby and the plainspoken eloquence of a real child. The conceit of putting what would normally be a parent's reassurances into the mouth of a beloved pet adds a tang of objectivity to the cat's words of comfort. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A little girl asks "Who loves Me?" as "moonlight falls across her bed." A wise cat leads the sleepy, questioning child on a lyrical journey to remind her of those who love her. There's her mother who planted her a garden of white lilies that "shine like lights in the dark," and her papa who built her a wooden playhouse. In this recitation of all the many supportive loving family who people the world of this lucky little girl, the cat leads the telling. Soon, the small girl is adding details that fill out every little corner of her dark room until she is fast asleep. The cat curls under her chin and they dream together. The illustrator's pictures are whimsical. Yellow predominates as if to scare away dark thoughts. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In this simple, soothing bedtime story, a little girl asks the title question, and her striped orange cat offers a litany of those who love her until the child drifts off to sleep. Their quiet conversation covers everyone from her parents and brother to the family dog, who would love her even if she didn't give him treats. Shepherd's stylized illustrations are bathed in rich, warm shades of goldenrod and ochre, through which MacLachlan's cozy, comforting dialogue meanders like a song. A warm and lyrical selection.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060279769
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb's Story; More Perfect Than the Moon; Grandfather's Dance; Word After Word After Word; and Kindred Souls. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names; All the Places to Love; What You Know First; Painting the Wind; Bittle; Who Loves Me?; Once I Ate a Pie; I Didn't Do It; Before You Came; and Cat Talk—several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Amanda Shepherd loves to watch the stars dance in the moonlight. She studied the fine art of finger painting to make this book. Originally from the Seattle area, she now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Gary, and Polly, the Hurricane Cat.

Emily MacLachlan Charest lives with her husband, her children, Sofia and Nicholas, two dogs, and one oversized cat, Romeo, who thinks he's a dog. She works with young children. She is the coauthor of Bittle, Painting the Wind, Once I Ate a Pie, and other books. She lives in Massachusetts.

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