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Don't Forget I Love You Hardcover – December 29, 2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (December 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729209
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2--Although Mama bear tries to hurry her son along, he spends so much time getting his stuffed rabbit ready for nursery school that they leave the house behind schedule. They lose more precious minutes when she must rescue Rabbit after Billy drops him in the rain, and she rushes off to work without returning the toy to him. As the young bear unpacks his lunchbox in his classroom, he laments, "Mama didn't say I love you.… She always says I love you." Before long, however, she returns to offer her tearful son a hug, his rabbit friend, and a comforting "I love you." The spare text presents a typical exchange between a harried mother and her dawdling child and the boy's distress at her abrupt leave-taking. Currey's large watercolor-and-ink illustrations show diagonal splashes of blue-gray color as the characters trek through the rain. Close-ups of a frowning Billy, a single tear sliding down his cheek, followed by the surprise reappearance of Mama and their cuddly reunion are paced just right. Endpapers featuring floppy-eared Rabbit in a variety of poses provide a humorous touch. Pair this with Francesca Rusackas's I Love You All Day Long (HarperCollins, 2002) for a reassuring look at parental love.--Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. One crazy weekday morning, Billy and his mama get a late start that sets in motion a series of events familiar to any family trying to balance hectic schedules with loving, familial interactions. Moss weaves a note of modern-day authenticity into the story as a late-for-work mother bear unsuccessfully tries to hurry her dawdling cub. The ensuing chaos leaves cub Billy feeling sad and vulnerable and causes Mama Bear to retrace her steps for the sake of what's truly important in life. Moss returns to territory she knows well as she extols the immeasurable love that exists between mother and child. Billy's distress might upset a few preschool listeners, but most children will find comfort in the simple, reassuring conclusion. Currey's soft, rounded pastels underscore the warm, cozy tone of this happily-after-all tale. Terry Glover
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Some picture books are written to deliver a certain sense of comfort to their preschool readerdom. They might reassure children that no monsters lurk in dark shadows beneath their bed, or that going to school for the first time can be scary but fun. But there's a really basic worry that children feel even if they may not always be able to vocalize it. It's the worry that one's parents no longer love them because they've been naughty or bad in some way. And if yesterday you had stopped me on the street, point blank, to ask me to name a picture book, just off the top of my head, that confronted this fear, I would've been up a tree. Maybe I would've babbled something about the end of "No, David" by David Shannon. No longer. Now when someone asks me to name such a book, I have "Don't Forget I Love You" to back me up. A sweet tale of a mother-son relationship that is ever-so briefly tested and survives intact.

From the moment Billy wakes up in the morning the day gets off to a slow start. In Billy's own words, "Rabbit's being naughty". Billy's stuffed rabbit is the cause of a lot of delay as both boy and mother get ready for the day. When Billy's supposed to wash his hands, Rabbit won't "eat" his egg. When Billy's supposed to get dressed for the day, Rabbit has a stomach ache (according to Billy). And when Billy's supposed to brush his teeth, Rabbit's buttons are all askew. By the time Billy drops both Rabbit and his lunchbox in the mud on the way to school (in the midst of blustery rainy weather), Mama's had enough. So Billy gets dropped off to school, late, without Rabbit (forgotten in Mama's bag) and without Mama remembering to say she loves him. This is nearly enough to set Billy off into a truly miserable tantrum.
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By Zelda on December 31, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a heartwarming book, lovely story line and beautifully illustrated. My grandson is just getting old enough to "listen" to a story, his mom reads everynight before bedtime. My daughter in law tells me she loves this author/illustrators books, I have bought three of them for grandson. The story helps a parent connect w/their child and can instill a love of reading I hope for William, the grandson I purchased this for.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Billy bear who lives with his mother. He loves his toy stuffed Rabbit so much he does everything with it. He lives with his Mama patiently coax the same to hurry in the morning, washes pars, it is breakfast, get dressed, brush his teeth, and put on his boots and coat. But on the way to nursery school, Billy spills his lunch and they arrived late. Mama drops Billy off and rushes off to work. Heartbroken Billy realizes two things. He can’t find his toy Rabbits and his Mama didn’t say “I love you,” which she always says. Suddenly Mama returns with Rabbit, a hug, and the perfect words,” I forgot to say I love you.”

Working mothers will love this story. It reminds us that we need to be patient with our little ones no matter how hectic our own lives and that the most important thing to our children is our love. As long as a child knows he is loved, he can handle almost anything. Rituals help a child feel secure and nothing is more important than the ritual of saying goodbye in a consistent, reassuring way.

The illustrations by Anna Currey, are in ink and watercolor. They are as soft and warm as the bears themselves.

Highly recommended. Find more picture book reviews at [...]
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By fun mom on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
i love this book, and the concept is great, a good read, but short enough that i can read as a short bedtime story... great for every child
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