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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Printing edition (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803726171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803726178
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-A slightly offbeat approach to the familiar topic of parental love. Lawler's verses are simple but the images evoked are sometimes unexpected. Kisses are characterized as colors, pebbles, comets, flowers, raindrops, acorns, snowflakes, and blankets. In each case, abundance is the norm. "If kisses were colors, you'd see every one/of the bands of a rainbow that shines in the sun./If kisses were pebbles, your beach would be lined/with stones by the millions, of all shapes and kinds." Jay's distinctive artwork, "created using alkyd oil paint on paper with crackling varnish," amplifies the verses. Unusual portraits show a pensive pebble, a smiling flower, a welcoming acorn. In other illustrations, anthropomorphic animal children dance together under a rainbow, collect pebbles on a beach, etc. A human mother and child appear on the first page and the last. For adults drawn to Jay's imaginative artwork and/or Lawler's sweetly expressed affection, this book provides an interesting alternative to books like Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995). It's unclear, however, whether its quiet whimsy will have broad child appeal.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 1. Lawler successfully transforms the often quoted "If wishes were horses, beggars might ride" into a tender picture book of musings directed to very young children. Rhymed couplets pose the question, "If kisses were . . . " for colors, pebbles, comets, flowers, raindrops, acorns, snowflakes, and blankets, ending with a mother's kisses: "My kisses are colors, and raindrops that flow, and pebbles, and acorns, and comets that glow. . . . " The soft, stylized oil paintings with crackling varnish resemble folk art and create a warmhearted feeling as five animals--a penguin, an elephant, a goose, a rabbit, and a pig--act out the suppositions. Endpapers show Mom and the animals pushing baby carriages. Little ones may not comprehend the metaphors, but they'll nestle into this fresh, quiet, affectionate story that may inspire some children to think of their own "what ifs." Julie Cummins
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

Janet Lawler's critically acclaimed children's books, published by major, specialty, and mid-publishers, include If Kisses Were Colors, Snowzilla, A Father's Song, A Mother's Song, Tyrannoclaus, and Silly Ghosts. She has written a non-fiction counting book for National Geographic, featuring undersea photographs by award-winning photo journalist Brian Skerry. Her next picture book, Love Is Real, will be published by HarperCollins.

Janet's love of family, nature, and "all things silly" inspires much of her writing. Her family shares their home in Connecticut with a dog, a lizard, and assorted wildlife visiting the backyard.

Janet enjoys visiting schools and libraries. Visit her website at www.JanetLawler.com



Customer Reviews

My children love this book.
Bryan Reppert
My 1 year old son loves this book, he asks me to read it to him several times a day.
Liz
The illustrations are beautiful.
Ashley Barton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, not just for kids, but for the parents who have to read it to them. My kids (4 1/2 and 3) love the slightly quirky, colorful illustrations and the simple, rhyming text. They always laugh at the fun paintings of elephants with strollers and acorn men. And it's just as much of a treat for me to read after having to endure so many mind-numbing, repititious kids books. Definitely one of the best kids/parents books to come along since Don Carter's "Heaven's All-Star Jazz Band."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The story is a wonderful expression of love from a parent to a child. The story is simple and beautiful and the illustrations are old fashioned yet very new. My 14 month old loves the story and the extra kisses that inevitably become part of the reading.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Late2Serenity on November 28, 2005
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And I am a little surprised about that because he's very much a smash up cars, trucks, big wheels, type of kid. When I read it to him the first time there was complete silence. Very unusual for my boy!!! Then we read it again, and again. We looked at the pictures as we went, he was asking questions, wanted to know what the acorn was, and the comet. Then after we had read it again, he took the book to his father and "read" him the story. The illustrations are just beautiful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Fitzgerald on October 24, 2005
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This short story is a mother desribing her love for her child using items in their lives. A sweet short story. My daughter loves the soft pictures and the little animals at play on each page.
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When my boys were 2- and 3-years old, I'd read this bedtime book to them regularly because the verse and illustrations were soothing. There were nights when a soft rockabye and some gentle verses were a better way to get them to sleep than a Dr. Suess book.

If you are just building your bedtime reading collection, I recommend this book along with these other rockabye favorites of ours:

* Bedtime: First Words, Rhymes, and Actions (Board book (various authors)

* Rock-A-Bye Farm by Diane Johnston Hamm

* I Love You: A Rebus Poem by Jean Marzollo

You can check my reviews on all of these books. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha Yim on February 20, 2006
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I love this book. I bought it because of the illustrator. Even though my son is 2.5 I still love reading this one to him. A great addition to any bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookLovingMama on June 12, 2006
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Share this with the one you love and enjoy a sweet, and unique picture book that reveals just how magical a love can be. Beautiful pastel portraits liven the pages of this simply sweet love story that is meant to be shared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Prewitt on January 18, 2007
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My daughter loves this book. She wants to read this book every night since receiving it for Christmas. She has it memorized! She also enjoys the illustrations, as do I.
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