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Jan 31 2013

I love you too by Stephen Michael King

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Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9781742834979.
(Age: 3-6) Recommended. Picture book. Relationships. Two dogs, an insect and a mouse prance and play throughout the book, laughing, singing, dancing and tumbling. They sweep through the field of flowers, having a great time, until a down side occurs; they all begin to sneeze. But we are told, it matters not a jot if the world has blue or grey skies, because the friends all love each other. Next the quartet is shown trying to fly a kit on a windy day. The wind gusts and squalls, ending with the line tangled around the bigger dog. All wrapped up, again, it matters little, because they all love each other and help each other out in times of need, and the refrain, 'You love me and I love you too', is repeated.
The last section of the book shows the friends having a fun time in all sorts of weather, reiterating the theme that no matter what the weather, or situation they love each other.
The beautiful illustrations complement the words, pursuing this gentle theme with muted colours and line drawings, Each page draws the eye to the colour and movement and small children will be intrigued with the array of small details found on the pages.
Fran Knight

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