11/10/07

I love You More


"Mommy, just how much do you love me?" a little boy asked his mother in the beginning of I love you more, by Laura Duksta and Karen Keesler. That is, it's a line asked in one beginning, because there's two sides to every story, and two beginnings to this book. Therefore, that line is in one beginning, but if you flip the book over this line is in the beginning, "A mother turned to her son and asked, "So, just how much do you love me?"

This touching tale is told from mother and son's perspective, that is with both declaring their love for each other beginning on opposite sides of the book. Their stories end in the middle on a beautiful double page spread with an illustration of the globe. The globe has this passage around it- "I love you more than anything in the world."

The illustrations are bold and alive detailing the individual characters down to the birds and trees that Laura Duksta metaphorically uses to represent the characters devotion to each other. The sing song rhythm of the verse sets a warm and happy atmosphere, drawing the reader into this mother and child's warm reassuring routine. A routine that perhaps parents, grandparents and caregivers everywhere will emulate with their children. Illustrator Karen Keesler and author Laura Duksta work beautifully together blending text and illustration into a warm and inviting tale. A story that reminds us how important it is to love each other and how to tell each other we care in a positive way.

For example, it's one thing for a boy to say, "I love you Mommy" but when he also says, "I love you quieter than the quietest caterpillar ever seen." it's another. On the other hand, (or flip side) the same can be said for Momma. Because it's one thing for a momma to say "I love you son." but when she also says, "I love you prettier than the prettiest flower ever found." it's another.


This is a fantastic children's picture book with as much to teach grown-ups as children. A real find, a great read, and a must have for all parents, grandparents, caretakers, friends, ...

Because love comes with different stories told from different perspectives ending with each other in the same place...

My hats off to Laura Duksta and Karen Keesler and Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy to review for my readers. I loved it!

7 comments:

Christy said...

This is my favorite type of book to read to the kids, it's so nice.

Hope you're having a nice Saturday Ann:)

Jay Cam said...

wow... thats a unique way to express your love.

ive got one!
"i love you flatter that road kill!"

ok.. maybe that wasnt so good

Ann said...

Christy, I'm glad you liked it, because I'm sending you the review copy. Oops, don't tell the publisher. LOL !

I hope you're having a happy Saturday. :)

Ann

Ann said...

Jay, laughing. That reminds me of this old Texas gentleman who was a friend of my step fathers. He used to use the expression, "as dumb as a road lizard" all of the time. lol.

You're terrible. LOL

Ann

Marja said...

What a magnificent idea to to make a flip book and start with to people who come together in the book. How cute "I love you quieter than the quietest catterpillar. Will have a look if the book is on the net.

Meghna said...

Hi Ann
Thanks for the comment on m blog. This sounds like a really touching book about a mother and son's relationship! Keep blogging!

Laura Duksta said...

I just came across this review and wanted to send you a big "Thank You" for sharing so wonderfully about our book!
Have a bright and blessed lifetime!
Keep Shining!
Laura
author, I Love You More

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