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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316525383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316525381
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Mother-love is profound, however a baby comes into a woman's life. For Rose Lewis, the journey to motherhood begins with a letter to Chinese officials, asking if she can adopt from the "big room with lots of other babies." The infants in that room in China are each missing a mother, but Lewis is missing something, too--a baby. She travels to China to meet her new little girl and falls head over heels in love. Taking her baby home to America, Lewis introduces her to all her family and friends, and they begin their life together.

A touching love story, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes will warm the cockles of any new parent's heart, especially those who have recently adopted a child. It's an ideal story for lap-time reading, and will inspire parents and kids to talk about their own first "meetings," whether at birth or in an adoption agency. Jane Dyer, illustrator of the bestselling Time for Bed by Mem Fox, Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt, and many other marvelous picture books, uses a pastel palette of watercolors to capture the tender moments between the American mom and her rosy-cheeked Chinese baby. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Lewis's sweetly sentimental picture-book debut plays out like a love letter to her adopted Chinese daughter. As she recalls the events leading up to their first meeting ("I had been waiting for you my whole life")Athe letters to foreign officials, the baby picture she received, the flight to China with other excited soon-to-be parentsAand describes their joyous homecoming, she taps into a well of genuine emotion, not surprisingly, since her account is based on her own experience. Like Jamie Lee Curtis's Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, the book offers abundant reassurances of love to adopted children, even if at times it seems more concerned with the feelings of the adult narrator than with those of the child ("How did someone make this perfect match a world away? Did the Chinese people have a special window to my soul?"). Dyer's (When Mama Comes Home Tonight) watercolors are almost meltingly tender. Whether depicting an airplane soaring against a star-spangled night sky, a round-cheeked child enthralled with a room full of toys or an embrace shared by the newly bonded mother and child, the clear, bright colors and clean lines of her portraits are immensely appealing. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've had a chance to read my newest book, Sweet Dreams, with illustrator Jen Corace. I am often asked, "What inspired you to write the book?" Sweet Dreams was definitely inspired by my amazing grandmother Mae who always told me wonderful bedtime stories whenever I had the special treat of a sleepover at my grandparents house. My grandmother's stories were always filled with warmth and wonderment. I hope I have conveyed this special feeling with Sweet Dreams.

May your dreams always be sweet! Good Night.

Rose


Customer Reviews

The first few times I read this book, I could not finish it without crying.
"queenbe33"
Although this is a book sure to appeal to parents who have adopted children from other countries, specifically China, it's a great story for any child, adopted or not.
TeensReadToo
Dyer's lovely watercolor illustrations are charming --and add to the warm loving tone of the story - it's just wonderful!
M.E.Kelly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M.E.Kelly on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the adoptive mom of a six year old adopted from China almost five years ago, I have been looking for a book to share with my daughter that could evoke the feelings we have about her special place in our lives. This comes very close. The story of this adoption journey to China rings true -- it is based on the author's own experience. Lewis' text is loving and joyful --tinged with the longing and sadness that is often part of adoptions. An essential element of this book and one that I especially appreciate is the author's mention of her feelings for her daughter's Chinese mother. We have read and re-read "I Love You Like Crazy Cakes" at our house and it has sparked very necessary and important discussions with our daughter. Dyer's lovely watercolor illustrations are charming --and add to the warm loving tone of the story - it's just wonderful!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rodriguez on October 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"I Love You Like Crazy Cakes" became an instant favorite in our house from the moment we opened it. My 6-year-old daughter, adopted from China, has not expressed a lot of interest in hearing her adoption story-- until we brought home this book. The sweet story and delightful illustrations have made it easier for her to understand her story and we read it together several times a week. It's also a great book to peruse by myself when I want to reflect on the experience of adopting from China. I highly recommend this book!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on February 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite roles as a parent is introducing my children to families of many types. In "I Love You Like Crazy Cakes", my children can understand that sometimes Mommys and Babies become a family by being united via airplanes and adoption officials and guess what? The amazing love is the same.
I especially loved that the author shared the gratitude and love for the "other" mother who provided the gift of this baby into her life. Beautifully stated and at times, overlooked.
The illustrations must be mentioned also: they are stunningly beautiful with the emotions of the subjects literally entering my heart from the page.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Neil Ungerleider on August 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rose Lewis opens a window to her heart that makes this book a universal story for anyone who has known a special love. She has accomplished what might seem impossible. It is not only a children's story, but an intensely personal journey that will resonate for anyone of any age who has experienced the magic of falling in love. As you read this to your children, you will think back to the moment when you first held them in your arms, looked into their eyes and forged a life-long bond. At its end you will understand the pure simplicity of true love. The book's illustrations, by Jane Dyer, alone make it worth buying. Its text will bring tears to your eye and warmth to your heart.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am just now beginning the long process of adopting a child from abroad. It will most likely take 1-2 years, and this book will help keep me going when I lose faith.
It is a treasure of a book both for people considering international adoption, and also for those looking at domestic adoption as well. A simple and touching story that tells about the joy all parents feel when meeting their children for the first time...be it through birth or adoption.
This was a truly heartwarming story. Short and easy to read, it's destined to become a bedtime classic.
The illustrations are lovely and dreamy...as a storybook should be.
All in all, a excellent excellent book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "queenbe33" on November 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The first few times I read this book, I could not finish it without crying. As a single mother of an adopted daughter from China, this is our story too. Lewis tells the story of a single woman in search of a baby to love in a simple, picturesque way. Charming enough for young readers (like my 2 year old daughter) and eloquent enough for all ages. A great gift to give to anyone who adopted a daughter from China or to share with your kids who are curious about your friend's Chinese daughter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Don Gardner on November 5, 2004
Format: Board book
As is made clear in the dedication to her daughter Alexandra Mae-Ming Lewis this is Rose Lewis' own story and every word rings true. Beginning, "Once upon a time in China there was a baby girl who lived in a big room with lots of other babies." Rose Lewis writes a love letter to her newly adopted child. She tells the story of how two people in need came together to help each other. She assures her daughter that while in China though she was well cared for and that she had friends, she needed a mother. For her sake Rose, who was in America, "also had many friends [she] was missing something too-a baby." Rose wrote to "officials in China and asked if [she] could adopt one the babies who lived in the big room. "At each step in the process Rose Lewis makes clear that her daughter was valued by all parties and that their happy ending as a family was the result of everyone wishing the best for her daughter. Finally Rose Lewis ends their story telling her daughter that the first time they were alone together in their American home Rose cried, "for your Chinese mother, who could not keep you. I wanted her to know that we would always remember her. And I hoped somehow she knew you were safe and happy in the world. Jane Dyer's realistic watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the text. I have no doubt this will be read to babies though the text is appropriate for readers from five-to-eight.
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