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You're All My Favorites

You're All My Favorites

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by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram

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Features an audio read-along performed by the author, Sam McBratney. From the creators of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU — a comforting tale to assure young children that there's enough love to go around. The team who brought us the beloved Big and Little Nutbrown Hare delights with a story that answers a timeless question with the ultimate reassurance — and


Features an audio read-along performed by the author, Sam McBratney. From the creators of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU — a comforting tale to assure young children that there's enough love to go around. The team who brought us the beloved Big and Little Nutbrown Hare delights with a story that answers a timeless question with the ultimate reassurance — and offers the ideal way for parents to remind their own little cubs how very much each one is loved.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
For the throngs of parents and children whose hearts melted over Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram's national bestseller Guess How Much I Love You?, the duo has done it again with this utterly adorable, comforting picture book about three little bears who all hold a special place in Mom and Dad's heart. Combining the sweetness and simple message of their previous collaborative book, McBratney and Jeram introduce readers to Mommy Bear, Daddy Bear, and their three cubs, who are told every night, "'You are the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world!' " Yet when questions begin to arise whether Mom and Dad have favorites -- one bear has patches, the second is a girl, and the third is the littlest -- the elder bruins tell their tykes one by one that despite their differences, all three are equally extra-special. Like other books of the genre, McBratney and Jeram's latest "I love you" effort always remembers to include ample doses of tender affection and reassurance, but this duo has a unique, magical charm that brings the message to another level. The illustrator's warm watercolors of the bears lounging in the woods wonderfully mirrors any family at home, while the author's text has the right amount of playfulness without being cloying. There's no doubt here that if you have one or more children at home, this winner is a cut above many others for nighttime sharing or for just saying, "You're loved." Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
Jeram brings her gifts in ursine portraiture (evidenced in Kiss Goodnight) to bear on a sweet, if rather neatly resolved text by McBratney, her collaborator in Guess How Much I Love You. A mother and father bear face an age-old dilemma: how can they prove there's enough parental love for all three of their cubs? Mommy and Daddy may insist they have "the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world," but the baby bears reason, "We can't all be the best." Jeram shows each cub anxiously pondering a possible shortcoming: the eldest has no patches ("Maybe his mommy really really liked patches"), the middle one is the only girl, and the littlest is... well, small. But Daddy persuades his cubs that those qualities do not matter. He recalls that when the bears were born, Mommy Bear declared each one "the most perfect" example of a first, second and third baby bear, respectively. While this answer mollifies the cubs (they fall asleep on their mother's capacious tummy), readers may find a reassurance tied to the siblings' birth order to be more unsettling than comforting. Jeram's pictures are so beguiling, however, that she smoothes over this considerable rough spot. By sketching in only the barest suggestions of setting, she allows the bears to speak far more eloquently through their postures, expressions and cuddles. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 1 to 3.

McBratney writes delightfully warm stories and this one is no exception. Three little bear siblings wonder which one is their parents' favorite. The Dad reassures them that they are "the nicest baby bears that I have ever seen." But doubt creeps in again as one worries that because she is a girl, maybe Daddy loves the boys more than her. The boys also have their concerns--one does not have a patch like his siblings and the other is small. Once again the parents reassure each baby bear that he or she is the most perfect baby bear that anyone has ever seen. Jeram gives the bears human emotions and expressions--they smile, they cuddle, they look content, and their parents do succeed in making their babies feel secure and loved. That message will certainly resonate with human children who are having this book read to them. The story, originally published in 2005, is repackaged in a smaller format with three plush bear toys for kids to play with. The book fits easily into a cover slipcase on the inside of the box and the bears fit in the box underneath. It is all tied up with a pretty green ribbon. A nice present for the little ones in your life. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

School Library Journal
PreS-K-The creators of Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) offer another reassuring tale. Each night, Mommy and Daddy Bear tuck in their three beloved cubs with the same phrase, "You are the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world!" Well, even little bears are discerning enough to doubt hyperbole and so they question their mother's empirical basis for this observation. Her reply, "Because your daddy told me," mollifies the youngsters until they begin to question their own ability to measure up to the wonderfulness standard. The first worries that he doesn't have patches like the others, the second that she's not a boy, and the third that he's the littlest. They approach their father with the query, "Who is your favorite? We can't all be the best." Daddy Bear explains that they are, repeating how Mommy Bear exclaimed over each of them at their birth ("the most perfect first baby bear," "the most perfect second baby bear," etc.). Satisfied, the trio is able to drift off into peaceful slumber. The quiet, loving tone of the text is echoed in the muted shades of the watercolor-and-pencil illustrations offset by soothing cream-colored backgrounds. While this story will not be enough to put to rest children's basic insecurities and endless jockeying for their parents' most-favored status, it does inject some unobtrusive bibliotherapy into a deftly presented bedtime story.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
More cozy family bonding from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You (1995). When three cubs want to know which is their parents' favorite, Mama and Papa Bear provide inclusive but satisfying answers. The bears, sporting a subtext-engendering array of hues and markings, pose closely together in various ursine or human postures amid minimal natural settings; Mama and Papa are plainly inseparable, and the young ones, though aware of their physical differences, hold paws on the cover and are, throughout, poster "children" for sibling harmony. McBratney and Jeram again combine to address a common childhood anxiety in a relaxed, irresistibly soothing way, and the competitiveness that mars their bestselling earlier title is much reduced here. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Candlewick Press
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File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sam McBratney, author of more than one hundred books and scripts, is known the world over for his best-selling family classic, GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. He reunited with Anita Jeram for YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES and the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU storybooks. He lives in Northern Ireland.

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You're All My Favorites 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
WhisperingStories 21 days ago
This beautiful board book brought to you by Walker Books, is written by world renowned author, Sam McBratney, author of ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. The book tells the story of three young bear cubs who all begin to wonder if their siblings are liked better than themselves by their parents. The first baby bear wonders if his mummy preferred patches, as he didn’t have any and his siblings did. The second baby bear began to wonder if her daddy preferred boys, as she was not one. The third baby bear worried that his sibling were liked better because they were taller than him. It is up to their mummy and daddy to make the bears understand that although they are different, they are all loved equally, but will the bears believe their parents? The story is heartwarming, and will touch the hearts of every parent, and will make children with brothers and sisters understand that their parents don’t have favourites, and that it is good to be different. It would be especially good for those who are expecting, or have just had a baby, to make their older child/children understand that the new baby won’t be loved anymore than they already are. The illustrations by Anita Jeram, are quite simply stunning. I loved every minute of this book. It is a perfect bedtime book to share with your child, or even for a teacher to share with his/her students.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When my youngest daughter was born so many people also bought something like a book for my older daughter which was much appreciated. I later bought this for us. I actually like this much more than the other book the author wrote 'Guess How Much I Love You'. I would highly recommend this as that 'Big Brother/Sister' gift when the new baby comes along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library for my girls. I am always telling each of my girls they are my favorite, usually I say my favorite 5 year old or favorite 2 year old. This book is the epitome of a parent's love for their children - all their children. We recently bought it as it has become a favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read aloud for all ages and is especially perfect if there is more than one child in the home. I read it to a group of moms and daughters (ages 8 - 11) and they were all nodding their heads in agreement. The illustrations capture the sentiment as well. This also would be a great bedtime story.