In rhyming couplets and jaunty cartoons, this celebration of maternal love depicts images of a variety of matching pairs. The verse presents a string of similes--one line per page--and ranges from the everyday ("We go together like socks and shoes") to the fantastical ("We go together like fire and dragon"). The meter mostly works, but there is a forced syllable or two in the mix. Sakamoto's acrylic, gouache and pencil art grounds the text in a playful, kid-friendly world and uses a cast of multicultural people and lively animals. The last spread, featuring a Caucasian mother hugging her child of indeterminate gender opposite hearts, unfortunately steers the whole project into the cloying with the following line: "We go together, that's what we do, because you love me and…I love you!" While metaphor and simile are difficult for toddlers to grasp, the text is buoyant enough, and illustrations give youngsters plenty to admire and recognize. (Board book. 2-4)
Familiar items are paired in a rhyming text that builds the concept of association. "We go together like socks and shoes./We go together like cow and moo." The final page shows a parent and child and suggests, "We go together, that's what we do. We go together because you love me and I love you." Using the very readable pictures and predictable scheme, children will easily finish the lines. They will also enjoy thinking of other go-together pairs. The colorful illustrations are uncomplicated, yet interesting enough to encourage conversation. Dancing cows, a bathing skunk, and a fire-breathing dragon toasting marshmallows add subtle humor. A solid choice for building pre-literacy skills.
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