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I Love You Because You're You Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439206383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439206389
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A mother fox's affection for her little one is played out in greeting-card sentiments and McPhail's (If You Were My Bunny) winning artwork. Reassuring quatrains ("I love you when you're sad/ and need a kiss and hug./ I love you when you're playful/ and rolling on the rug") convey her unconditional love. McPhail's cozy watercolor illustrations offer tangible examples of the child's many moods, as when the "bashful" youngster hides behind the mother's knee as guests arrive, or gazes up at her when presenting her with a valentine ("I love you when you're proud,/ your head held in the air"). In this warm and fuzzy hug of a book, a parent's love knows no bounds. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-K-Suitable for a slightly older audience than Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's Love Me, Love You (Boyds Mills, 2001), this title also invites comparison with Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995). Baker's text catalogs a child's many moods while promising that none of them will change the way the mother feels about her offspring. Appealing, full-color illustrations of an anthropomorphic mother fox and her kit are done in McPhail's trademark style. The focus in each picture is squarely on the pair. The cozy cottage setting, vaguely old-fashioned dress, and low-tech playthings and pursuits (a ball and a toy airplane for the child; sharing cookies, picking flowers, and knitting for the mom) emphasize the timelessness of Baker's reassuring message. Written as a series of rhyming couplets, one per picture, the text occasionally has a singsong quality. However, it succeeds admirably at evoking the unconditional love of parent for child. And that's probably all young listeners will really care about. Make room on your shelves for one more sweet story in this genre.

Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Love is unconditional.
Leslie Kung
Wonderfully illustrated and charmingly told, this is a story that all young children will appreciate.
Steven R. McEvoy
I read this book for the first time to my son when he was 21 months old.
Donnie Marks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on January 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My favorite line in this elegant volume is when

the regally dressed Mama fox says to her little one,

"I love you any way you feel, no matter what you do."

How many of us wonder, "Will they still love me, even

though I......." fill in your blank?

How many times we PRAY the important people in

our lives will love us unconventionally and how many

times do we deny ourselves the comfort of a

"Yes, ofcourse I will love you any way... no

matter what you do"?

Read this child to the preschooler in your life

AND be sure your teen-aged children (nieces,

nephews, neighbors, passers-by) are listening

as well. Read it often.

Read it to yourself when you are feeling low -

and allow yourself to be embraced by Mama Fox.

It is a less-than-five-minute investment

in contentment, peace and growth in

unconventional love... and hopefully the message

will carry over into the hearts and souls

of the listeners.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Betts on March 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A warm and caring story about a mother's love for her child. McPhail's illustrations, of a young fox and his mother interacting in a variety of situations, convey the emotions of both characters throughout the story. Whether happy or sad, frightened or angry, the young fox is reminded of his mother's love. Although not as moving as Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, the illustrations make this book more enjoyable and a better book for sharing one-on-one with young children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gee on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Really cute book about a parent telling her child that their love is always there for them no matter how they act. Really cute!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryann Gabryszewski on August 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this to my niece every time she sleeps over..She goes over to the book shelf and picks it out...along with a few others we read before she goes to sleep...Jessalyn is 3 years old..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Milligan on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My toddler loves this book. He calls it the "foxes" book. He loves to ask "why" the mama fox loves the baby fox. I think this is a must-have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura C. George on February 24, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I sent this to my grandchild. It is one of her bedtime stories. The pictures are colorful and story is sweet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donnie Marks on July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time to my son when he was 21 months old. HE ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT KEEP HIS EYES OFF OF THE PICTURES ! I love to watch his facial expressions when we go to the next page. I explain what's going on in each picture. Now, when I read it, he points to the objects in the pictures. Also, might I add, he kisses me a lot more now !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love reading this book to my almost 3 year old. I could not have said it better myself. It reinforces that we love them no matter what they do. It's quick, simple, happy reading!
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