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I Love You As Much... Hardcover – August 18, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 18, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068811718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688117184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Written in quatrains that break into couplets across each double page, this lullaby rhyme catalogues various animals and their offspring, describing each mother's testament of love. The mountain nanny goat says, "'I love you as much as the mountain is steep'"; the camel says, "'I love you as much as the desert is dry.'" The book ends with a full quatrain of love poetry from a woman to her newborn child. Sorensen's paintings are large and bright, spanning double-page spreads and extending to the edge of each page, with full backgrounds and panoramic views that enhance the animal characters. The deep tones, well-lit landscapes (which contrast effectively with the darkness of the final picture), and the multiple layers of opaque paint suggest a formality of portraiture that is not usually seen in children's books. The text, which is discretely tucked away in the corners of the pages where it does not interrupt the effect of the illustration, is set in a decorative italic font. The potential for sentimentality is certainly present, but Melmed carefully avoids the cute and tearful. While reading this book is certainly a satisfying experience, full of pathos and meaning for parents, it's likely to appeal more to them than to their children.
Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Scientific American

Ages 3-5. This simple picture book has a reassuring rhyming text and more than agreeably pleasant watercolors. One mother-child pair is shown in a natural setting on each double-page spread. The popularity of animal families with young readers and the comforting, rhythmic text combine to create an appealing title for bedtime reading. Concluding with a human mother and her child, Melmed writes: "Now sleep, child of mine, while the stars shine above-I love you as much as a mother can love." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Laura Krauss Melmed is the author of many award-winning picture books, including the classic lullaby, I Love You as Much, The Rainbabies, and New York, New York: The Big Apple from A to Z. In addition to writing, Laura likes cooking for friends and family, hiking, typing with a cat on her lap, traveling and, of course, reading. To learn more or invite Laura to visit your school go to www.laurakraussmelmed.com.

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I always give this book for baby shower gifts.
Jacqueline M Meunier
I took it to the hospital with me and it was the first book I read to her.
D.J.
It is wonderfully illustrated and beautiful words to match the pictures.
M. Straatmann

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2000
Format: Board book
This book has not received the credit it deserves. I had never heard of it before my mother-in-law bought it for my son. It is an absolute MUST have book for new parents. The soft illustrations are beautiful. My 19 month old son loves this book. He seems to enjoy the rhyming words, and he loves to point at all of the animals. I can't read it to him without feeling that tremendous rush of motherly love. It can quickly make you forget all of the temper tantrums of the day. My husband and I both enjoy sharing this book with our little one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm Mommy on December 3, 2004
Format: Board book
My 5 month old daughter and I LOVE this book. I started reading this as a bedtime book to her at around 3 months. It is the only book she will lie in my arms still and listen contently. I read it in a low, whispery voice. At the end we just sit in the nursery rocker and just stare at each other, both smiling. I get teary everytime. It will also be a good "name the animal" book when she gets older.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wabi Sabi on November 4, 2005
Format: Board book
Reading this book to my children always brings the "warm & fuzzies" to all of us. My boys delight in asking me how/why each of the animal characters love and take care of their babies. The illustrations are such high quality that we always linger before turning the page. My boys seem to get swallowed up by the verse as well as the drawings. While the book could be quickly read, the tone is calm and slow...a perfect bedtime book. Everyone is happy and relaxed once we're through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CL on August 18, 2003
Format: Board book
This is a wonderful book. I picked it up shortly after the birth of our first child. He is now 2 1/2 and this is easily one of his favorite books as well as mine. The pictures are simple and colorful. The range of animals is great. We call the geese in the book ducks at our house, as the one word is easy to change. It practically a nursery ryme. My son loves to point out and tell me wich animal we are looking at. I now always include this book as part of a baby shower gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denise B. Orsini on September 25, 2003
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this book was one of the most beautiful gifts I ever received. My daughter is now 2 1/2 years old and I still have a hard time making it to the end of the book without crying!
She loves the book as well - the illustrations are just beautiful, and the message is as timeless as a mother's love. I treasure this book, and have ordered several more as gifts to other friends I've made that have battled infertility and finally won.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. FLANAGAN on February 27, 2002
Format: Board book
This large format board book is a re-issue of the same title originally published in 1993. Each page has a double-spread illustration of an animal mother and baby, with the mother telling the baby how much it is loved. The final illustration is of a human mother cuddling her newborn infant, saying "I love you as much as a mother can love." The poem is sentimental, which in terms of the subject is quite alright, and the illustrations are lush and beautiful. Young children will enjoy the animals; their mothers will get teary at the words. This larger board book format will work very well in group sharing, such as toddler storytime, and is likely to be easier and sturdier for small hands to hold than the original paper edition was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1999
Format: Board book
I got this book as a gift from my mother for my daughter when she was 2 months old and have read it over and over since. The words flow beautifully, the pictures are very pleasing to my daughter (as I can tell by how she kicks and smiles when she sees it!), and it always brings a tear to my eye when I get to the last page. It has been our favorite book to read by far!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Board book
I bought this book right after my daughter was born and started reading it to her before bed when she was only six weeks. Now, at four months, she follows each page (the one with the camel is her favorite) as I read it to her. I don't think I've ever read the last page without getting a little teary.
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