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You Are to Me
     

You Are to Me

by Rebecca Doughty
 

Do you know someone who makes you want to shout with joy, turn a flip or fly a kite? Someone who is so great, you even need new words to describe them? That's just how this little pig feels towards his friend who is as great as all of the best things in the world.

Rebecca Doughty's playful language and jubilant illustrations add up to a boisterous celebration

Overview

Do you know someone who makes you want to shout with joy, turn a flip or fly a kite? Someone who is so great, you even need new words to describe them? That's just how this little pig feels towards his friend who is as great as all of the best things in the world.

Rebecca Doughty's playful language and jubilant illustrations add up to a boisterous celebration of love, one that will inspire readers to invent new superlatives for their own loved ones.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Structured like the Peanuts book Happiness Is a Warm Puppy (but without all the charm), Doughty's (39 Uses for a Friend) picture book most resembles an elaborate greeting card. The title page hints at a Valentine theme with an illustration of a rabbit at the top of the stairs anxiously awaiting a pig who stands at the bottom hiding an envelope, sealed with a heart. Pig's verses to his friend brim with praise. "I believe you are to me.../ the very best the best can be./ .../ You're roller skate,/ you're sun and moon,/ you're bicycle,/ you're May and June." The illustrations exude the pig's enthusiasm. The porcine protagonist does handstands to "You're ultrabest, the superfest,/ you're marvelest,/you're bluebird nest." Although some of the verses make more sense than others, the text often strains for a rhyme or an idea. Doughty's childlike, flat watercolors often show the characters silhouetted against a white background (making valentines, sharing a snack), then horseback riding or water sliding against full-bleed spreads. Whether pig and rabbit are flying kites or catching lightning bugs, the pair shares more adoring glances than they do fun, but the affection shared here is right on target for the elementary school crowd. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Friends are very important to children and adults alike, and it is a blessing when a person can find someone else who makes him/her so happy that he/she could literally jump for joy and do flips. This adorable book looks at the close relationship between a pig and a rabbit, and the utter joy true friendship can bring. Throughout this charming tale, the pig describes how wonderful his rabbit friend is and how much he cares about him. He highlights some of the things he enjoys doing with his friend—eating ice cream, roller skating, riding bicycles, picking flowers, sledding, enjoying nature, having sleepovers, catching lightning bugs, and flying kites. It is easy to see that time well spent with a close friend can provide meaningful, happy memories that can last a lifetime. Young readers will enjoy the simple child-like artwork and the silly rhyming text. This heartwarming tale is perfect for readers of all ages. 2004, GP Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 8.
—Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This sweet offering extols the virtues of friendship. The text is written from the point of view of a peach-colored pig and addresses a lavender-gray bunny: "I believe you are to me-/the very best the best can be." The two enjoy spending time together, sharing everything from their love of ice-cream cones ("You're peanut butter chocolate chip,/you're double dip and triple flip") to a variety of activities, such as biking, roller-skating, and sledding. The brief, rhyming text looks hand-lettered. The naive illustrations, done in Flashe paint, have a childlike quality, with each object and animal outlined in black ink. A charming exploration of the joys of sharing.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A pig and a rabbit are best buddies-pig wears stripes, rabbit polka-dots-and the pig, in the simplest and warmest of terms, is trying to explain their friendship in words. As they do things together through the seasons-roller skating, eating ice cream, having a sleepover-the pig uses the events to tell the rabbit in rhymed couplets just how, "you're crayon box / and valentine, / you're orange juice / and clementine." "You're you-est you, / you're yes-sir-ee, / you're ABSo-BESTo-lu-tel-y!" Doughty uses matte paint and ink in uncomplicated shapes on unfussy backgrounds; the two companions don't actually look that different (rabbit has longer ears) and both share endearing anthropomorphisms (see pig stick out a tongue while working with crayons). Gender and age are left blissfully unresolved, making this clearly aimed at the adult-giving market as well as kids. Minor, but nice. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399241765
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/29/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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