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You're Just What I Need
     

You're Just What I Need

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by Ruth Krauss
 

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Join the fun as a mother and child play a loving game of hide-and-seek in this board book edition of Ruth Krauss's delightful story, originally titled The Bundle Book. As baby hides beneath the soft blanket, Mother tries again and again to guess what in the world the bundle could be. Brought to life with luminous full-color artwork, this heart-warming story is

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Join the fun as a mother and child play a loving game of hide-and-seek in this board book edition of Ruth Krauss's delightful story, originally titled The Bundle Book. As baby hides beneath the soft blanket, Mother tries again and again to guess what in the world the bundle could be. Brought to life with luminous full-color artwork, this heart-warming story is perfect for all parents and young children to share.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published in 1951 as The Bundle, Krauss's (The Carrot Seed; A Hole Is to Dig) text gets a new look with cozy illustrations by Noonan (Dreamland). A mother, pretending to be mystified by a toddler-sized lump under her blanket, tries to guess what it is: Laundry? A monkey? Humpty Dumpty? Krauss's uncanny ability to capture a child's cadence has the youngster responding with cumulative "no" replies, so that her mother's first question gets a " `No,' the bundle replied," the second a "No, no" until finally the seventh wrong guess from the mother (" `No, no, no, no, no, no, NO,' the bundle replied") leads her to give upand the bundle yells, "It's ME!" Cartoonish songbirds, fuzzy stuffed animals and a pastel palette give the realistic illustrations a nostalgic, sentimental air; their luminous glow also lends softness to the characters' skin and a palpable fluffiness to the bedding. Children are likely to enjoy knowingand finally seeingwhat's under the blanket, helped even on first reading by the feet peeking out. The sweet simplicity of this hide-and-seek story loses nothing in nearly a half century; the illustrations may be on the sugary side, but the playful affection between mother and child shines through both text and illustrations. A free gift card is included in the inside cover. Ages 3-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
What is more wonderful than the precious times spent between mother and child? Nothing. Krauss helps set the stage for this realization by bringing to life one of these very special moments using a wonderful and silly guessing game. Noonan's soothing illustrations add a comforting quality that is representative of the ideal mother/child relationship portrayed by Krauss. Originally published as The Bundle Book.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Mom and her daughter are playing a familiar game. The daughter has hidden under a blanket and Mom is guessing what that bundle could be. It is just a delightful interaction between mother and daughter and Krauss and Noonan have skillfully captured this very special time through a tender text and soft illustrations. The pictures exude warmth and humor that are echoed in the pastel shades of the pictures set on a creamy yellow background. This board book version can't help but become a favorite. Originally published as The Bundle Book. 1999 (orig. 1951), HarperFestival, Ages 5 to 7, $6.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS--"One morning a mother saw a strange bundle under the blankets in her bed." So begins this charming story of a treasured moment between mother and child. In a familiar game, the woman tries to guess what this child-shaped object may be. A pile of laundry? A bunch of carrots? She is sure she doesn't need any of these things, and each time the squirming lump says, "No." Finally, a face pops out of the blanket and yells, "It's ME," and the two share a hug. In a perfect ending, the mother affirms, "It's you. And--you're just what I need." This story was originally published in 1951 as The Bundle Book. As with many of Krauss's titles, the proof of its classic status is the way young children still giggle at its gentle simplicity. Noonan's illustrations, in the soft pastel colors of the nursery, glow as if suffused with morning light. As the mother wonders about the contents of the bundle, an appealing stuffed puppy acts out her guesses, bringing an added touch of humor to the silly inquiries. Sure to be a toddlertime favorite.--Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064435611
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Trophy Picture Bks.
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

Julia Noonan's many award-winning books for children include Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard and When the Moon is High by Alice Schertle. Her own books include The Very Best Doll and Hare and Rabbit: Friends Forever. Ms. Noonan has two children and makes her home in Stony Brook, New York.

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