This book has been a standby in our house for as long as I can remember.
Written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, September, 2006
Suitable for: Ages 3 and up
Themes/Topics: Parenting, Relationships, Family, Behavior, Love
Opening and brief synopsis: From SLJ: In this cozy picture book, a patient mother declares her unwavering love for her daughter, no matter what trouble she gets into. The tot’s actions–pouring cereal on the floor, trying to sneak dessert without eating dinner, chewing with mouth open wide, unfurling newly folded laundry, throwing a tantrum–will seem familiar to young listeners.
Activities: Our favorite thing to do after reading this book is to turn it around on each other. For instance, I’ll say to my daughter, “Love you when you complain about going to ski lessons the whole drive there.” She’ll say to me, “Love you when you work on your computer even though you say you won’t,” and so on. We all laugh, we get to vent a little, and it helps us understand each other better.
Why I Like This Book: For two reasons. First, because my kids love it and laugh so hard when we read it. Why? Because of course they see themselves in the child character. Second, it’s the kind of book that makes me smack my head and think, “WHY didn’t I write that book?” It’s so brilliant in its simplicity and so universal.Authors, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: Authors, Emily Jenkins, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Sergio Ruzzier, Susanna Leonard Hill, Writer