I Love You, Little One – Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Thomas Elliott

I Love You, Little One – 
Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Thomas Elliott, Tiger Tales, (9781589252417), 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book? Each double page spread shows an animal parent and child pair, while italicized text recounts a parent’s love.   “Elephant stomps noisily along the jungle trail. Baby’s never far behind following trunk to tail. As high as the tallest jungle vine, how I love you, baby of mine.”   The illustrations are full of texture and expression.  Animals also included are bears, dogs, birds, seals, rabbits, lions foxes and turtles.  The book begins and ends with a bear and cub. They start the story in the morning and end at bedtime taking the reader through a full day.  We begin with “As high as the sky, as big as the sun, how I love you, little one.”   The final verse takes us full circle: “Hello moon, good night sun, how I love you, little one.” Each spread includes a touch and feel element including the fur of a bear and the shaggy mane of the lion.  This is sure to be a popular bedtime read aloud.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a nice story to share at bedtime.  Readers who enjoy touch and feel books will enjoy the textures in this one.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  2/5/17             

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