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I Like You Hardcover – June 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; English Language edition (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395071763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395071762
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet; Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy; and you can give to some very special friend" proclaims the back cover of this small, whimsical book. Written in 1965 by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, it still makes the perfect present for your best friend. Not just any run-of-the-mill best friend, though. This book is for the kind of friend who yells for you when you get lost in Grand Central Station or pretends to save you when you pretend to be drowning. Or, as Warburg puts it, "You know how to be silly / That's why I like you / Boy are you ever silly / I never met anybody sillier than me / till I met you." I Like You is simple and quirky, uses words like "snurkle," and is laden with delightful Maurice Sendak-style pen-and-ink illustrations of alligators dancing, lively children, mirth, and general goofiness. Do you need new answers to the question "How do I like thee?" I Like You is a great help for counting the ways.(All Ages)

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"A small book with a single message amplified and illustrated with cartoon-style drawings." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

More About the Author

SANDOL STODDARD WARBURG is the author of more than two dozen books, including several for adults. She lives and writes in Hawaii.

Customer Reviews

It's a rather smaller sized book with cute illustrations.
S2KONNO
If there's one person in your life that you can relate to better than anyone, then you will relate to and love this book.
Kate F
I purchased this book as a gift for my sister, as we are very close.
Daisy80

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book when I graduated high school, and I kept it with me all through college. I would sometimes read it aloud to friends in my dorm and when it came time for college graduation, I got an amazing surprise. My best friend "stole" the book from my room, and armed with a video camera, videotaped people who were special to me each reading a passage from the book and relating memories of our college years. That was almost 10 years ago. My best friend is now about to have a baby, and I am going to make sure it is the first book my little "niece" or "nephew" gets. It is a simple, unsappy, silly, and timeless reminder that friends are to be cherished, and the person who is willing to be a "goofus on the roofus" with you is a special pal indeed.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Box2er on February 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I LIKE YOU is a perfect little gift for anyone you hold close and dear to your heart. Warburg captures the essence of those few, important relationships in our lives that need no explanation, that fill us with warmth and provide us with unconditional support. The book is graced with delightful illustrations and Warburg's wonderful childlike verses such as this...
I like you because if I think I am going to
throw up then you are really sorry
You don't just pretend you are busy looking at
the birdies and all that
You say maybe it was something you ate
You say the same thing happened to me sometime
And the same thing did
I just gave this book to my three closest girlfriends, as it perfectly sums up our relationships:
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you
But I do
So many reasons
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By im_the_mary@hotmail.com on December 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a child but it wasn't until I read it as an adult that I realized how special it is. Its perfect as a gift for friends, family, that special someone, or for yourself when you're feeling down. I read it whenever I want to remember how simple life can be or if I need a good laugh. I think it teaches you a lesson to live by: remember to be goofy sometimes and enjoy the silly moments in life with the people you love, I mean really enjoy them, like you would a parade, no matter what day it is!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My sweetheart and I are college students in Ogden Utah. One day when we had been dating for about a year, we were cleaning his family's farmhouse (where he lived alone) for a surprise visit from his parents. As I was straightening a closet, I found a copy of Warburg's I LIKE YOU in a box of his mother's keepsakes from her college days, an apparent gift from a roomate. I walked into the kitchen where he was furiously mopping, leant against the stove, and began to read the book aloud to him. At first we laughed, but by the end we were almost in tears--it fit us so well! I told a friend about the book and she ended up finding it and giving it to me for a gift; it has meant so much to me since. My sweetheart and I are getting married in a few months and we will display it and a short version of this story for our guests along with other pictures and objects which have meant something special to our relationship. If you have a close friend or sweetheart with whom you share a fun and close relationship, this book would make a very sweet and sentimental gift. But as far as I'm concerned Sandol Stoddard Warburg wrote it for Abel and me.
Krista Beus Weber State Univesity
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I will say quite simply that having read this book I can see more clearly who it is I truely care about. It describes friendship with an unmatched child-like simplicity that strikes the beats of every heart that's had a true friend. This book makes the perfect gift for anyone special in your life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adrieanna Sansing on January 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This past Christmas (2001), my boyfriend gave me this as a gift. He knew of my love for childrens books, and got it for me. After opening the box, I immediately started to read the book quietly to myself. It was so beautiful, with such a simple message anyone of any age can appreciate and love. I was drawn to tears of happiness after reading it, I tried to shield my reaction from the room full of his family members. But they caught me with the tears of joy streaming down my face. At this point his sister read it aloud to us all and she was drawn to tears as well. This book like I said earlier, is wonderful for a significant other, or just a friend you think is special. What can I say...absolutely wonderful work here and I highly recommend it to everyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was first introduced to this book when I was a counselor in training at a Girl Scout camp in Utah. It was performed as a skit at campfire every week. I was thrilled when I found out it was actually a book, when one of my camp friends gave it to me as a gift years later. Since then, I have read it together with every special friend I have. I know it by heart and often my friends and I quote from it. Especially the part about being lost in Grand Central Station...."hey where are you? "..."Here I am!" Share it with any special friend, child or adult. Sometimes the best lessons we learn as adults, are taught through the simplicity of a child.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "ewrite" on March 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's a love letter written in the form of a children's book! It's brilliant! It is totally g-rated. It is meant to be read to children, siblings, parents, best friends and lovers alike. It deals with the delights of loving a person for themselves. The last time I ordered I bought 3 copies: one for my little godson, one for his mother and one for my new husband. Over the years, i know i've bought over 20 copies. i just can't say enough about this book. it just is so beautiful and i am glad and excited for all of you out there who have yet to experience this little treasure that's finally back in print!
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