You Are Special, Little One

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This cozy companion to I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE celebrates all the ways children are special.

"Deep in a tree trunk by a woodland grove, a fox kit asks, 'How am I special?' And her Mama and Papa reply, 'Dear little one, with your glossy red coat and swift running body, you are so special - and we will love you forever and ever and ever.' With lyrical text and lush watercolors, Nancy Tafuri follows I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE with a celebration of the ways all creatures are special. Ranging from penguins in the Antarctic...

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Overview

This cozy companion to I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE celebrates all the ways children are special.

"Deep in a tree trunk by a woodland grove, a fox kit asks, 'How am I special?' And her Mama and Papa reply, 'Dear little one, with your glossy red coat and swift running body, you are so special - and we will love you forever and ever and ever.' With lyrical text and lush watercolors, Nancy Tafuri follows I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE with a celebration of the ways all creatures are special. Ranging from penguins in the Antarctic to lions on the savanna, baby animals around the world are told just how special they are, And lastly, a human child is praised for his curious mind and loving heart.

A variety of babies are featured such as: agama lizard, arctic tern, pickerel frog, brown trout, common yellowthroat, and human; all asking the question, "How am I special?"

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You Are Special, Little One by Nancy Tafuri makes a smooth transition to board book. Cozy scenes set on savannah, ice floe and pond depict Mama and Papa lions, penguins, beavers and more telling their little ones the ways in which they're special. The closing scene depicts a human family in a loving embrace. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Using a simple repetitive text, a variety of animals ask their parents how they are special. The lion parents reassure their cub that he has a dense, golden coat and a deep, responding purr. The young prairie dog has keen, watchful eyes and powerful legs for digging. Penguin parents appreciate their chick's soft, downy coat and swift, graceful swimming. Thus the story continues until a young child asks the question. His parents cite his warm, caring heart and bright, curious mind. Each of the sets of parents closes their responses with "you are so special, and we will love you forever and ever and always." Tafuri's watercolor illustrations portray the loving family units as they celebrate the joys of being special. A wonderful book for parent and child to share at bedtime or anytime, and it moves very well into its new board book format. 2005 (orig. 2003), Scholastic, Ages 3 to 5.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This simple text, accompanied by Tafuri's delicate watercolor inks and colored-pencil drawings, features six baby animals in a variety of habitats asking their parents the same question: "How am I special?" The adults describe the youngsters' unique qualities and assure them of their love. The lions, prairie dogs, penguins, beavers, meadowlarks, foxes, and humans are drawn first in their natural surroundings and shown on the next spread in close-up. Each family consists of two parents and one child. This book is a tender read-aloud, with a nice rhythm to the repeated phrase, "-we will love you forever and ever and always." The illustrations include other creatures to look for in the background. A list of all the animals is included on the copyright page. (However, king penguins and arctic terns do not share the same habitat.) This is a peaceful and beautifully drawn bedtime story, but it may well cause parents to drop off, too.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This companion to I Love You, Little One (1998) reads like a love song. Each page repeats the query of a young animal to his mama and papa: "How am I special?" Each set of parents adoringly proffers the wee one's unique qualities, always culminating with, ". . . you are so special, and we will love you forever and ever and always." Illuminated in both text and art is the profound (if somewhat romanticized) relationship between offspring and parent. The lion cub is reassured and the penguin chick is nuzzled. Tafuri draws her flora and fauna in gentle strokes and includes striking details of wildlife and its habitats. This homage to familial love ends with a young boy asking the same question of his parents drawing a parallel among all species. This is also a heartwarming vehicle for expanding vocabulary of animal babies, such as penguin chick and beaver kit. A gratifying read to be shared while cuddling. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439398794
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.25 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    From the time my son was able to show a preference in his books,

    From the time my son was able to show a preference in his books, he started choosing I Love You, Little One, by Nancy Trafuri.  Now that he is almost five, we don't read that book every night, but he still will choose it on nights when he wants to hear how much I love him.  We've read that book so often over the years, that he reads it with me.  This morning, when I gave him You Are Special, Little One, he stroked the beautiful foxes on the cover and said, "I love you!"
    Just like I Love You, Little One, this book reads like a gentle lullaby.  It is repetitive enough that my son was saying the words with me during the first reading, but, of course, each animal is uniquely special.  The child is special because of a warm, caring heart and a bright, curious mind.  Just like my son. 
    The illustrations are absolutely lovely.  They are realistic enough that the prairie dog and the beaver look different, but they are still gentle, soft and very child-friendly.

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