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I Love You Through And Through Board book – January 1, 2005
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In July of 1999, the author spent two weeks in New Jersey with her two children, husband, sisters-in-law, and six nieces and nephew. They had all been brought together by the death of Rossetti-Shustak's father-in-law. During that time she had conversations with her children and their cousins about how their grandfather always made each of them feel as if they were "the favorite" grandchild and "the most loved." Those conversations evolved into this book.
"To me, "I Love You Through and Through" is about unconditional love and total acceptance. I think it is very important for children to be assured of their parents love and support. You can never say, "I love you" too many times." On another level, the book teaches opposites and rhyming. The illustrations, by Caroline Jayne Church, pull the message and lessons of the book together.
It took almost four years from start to finish for "I Love You Through and Through" to come to fruition. A copy of the manuscript was sent to 15 literary agencies in New York. Within 5 months all had responded with a "no thank you," except for Dystel & Godrich Literary Management. After signing with them, three major publishers were interested, but in November 2003, contracts were negotiated and Scholastic Books bought the rights. Almost one year later, announcement of publication and a release date for "I Love You Through and Through" was made.
Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak is a former newspaper editor and journalist. She has worked for Housatonic Publications as co-editor of the Pawling News Chronicle, Pawling, NY, and Associate Editor for the weekly newspaper The Kent Good Times Dispatch, Kent, CT, Housatonic Home, and Business Digest magazines.
In 1995 she was the recipient of a New York Press Association's first place award for her humorous newspaper columns. She has written articles on numerous subjects for websites, and is a freelance writer and editor. In 2006 Rossetti-Shustak was awarded an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award for "I Love You Through and Through".
Currently she is an administrator at a private day school. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown children. They live with their three cats, in upstate New York.
For more information or to leave a message, visit bernadetterossettishustak.com or e-mail at BShustak@gmail.com
Top Customer Reviews
It's been our son's favorite since he was about 9 months old. The pictures are beautiful, colorful, and simple. Not boring, not crowded, just what it should be. The text is sweet and simple, the rhymes are thoughtful and not dumb (you know those books!), and the sentences are short enough to hold a baby's attention so we have time to get all the words out before he turns the page.
The one downside is that this book is really cheaply made. The cover is nice and padded, but the pages are cheap. The pages are thinner than other board book pages, but the bigger problem is the actual surface of the pages. Our son - an impressive drooler and finger-sucker - loves to turn the pages himself with his drool-y fingers and sometimes kiss the pages too. What I didn't learn until too late is that you can't do that with this book. For our other board books, you can get some drool on them and it just makes the pages stick together a little bit but that's it. For this book, drool made the pages stick together so much that when you separated them later, the paper tore. (See my pics in the photo gallery for examples) I'm thinking that we can't be the only parents with a drooly baby, right??
Quality notwithstanding, this is as quality a baby's book as they come. I love this book through and through.
We have an 11-month old, and we've had this book for about 3 months. What makes it so much fun is that the book can be used not only as a reading tool, but the words allow you to physically interact with your child. When I talk about her "top side," she'll give me her head to rub, and laugh when I do so. Same with her bottom side - and with the "inside," she'll even open her mouth so I can stick my finger inside.
I find that great books for really young children are difficult to find, so this has been a real treat. I'd recommend it highly.
This book is absolutely adorable for toddlers and preschoolers, though my seven year old came across it on my desk and thoroughly enjoyed reading it too! It is straight forward and a great feel good book, reinforcing to kids that their parents love all of them, no matter what!
The only complaints I have with this book are in its construction. The cover is not the thick cardboard that I'm used to with standard board books. Instead, it is a padded polyurethane material. It's definitely thick and it has a glossy surface that might withstand teething better than a traditional "board" book, but I'm not a big fan of it. Also, the pages aren't cardboard either. They are definitely thicker than standard pages, but they are much thinner than what I expected (more comparable to the thickness/density of the covers of early reader books). The book is also larger than most of the board books I'm used to, and that size makes it a little harder for my little guy to turn the pages easily.
All said, though, I would purchase this again because the story and illustrations are cute and fun and my little boy loves them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute book! Had originally bought this book for a child, and after much use over it needed replaced. This is the exact same as the original I had bought! Read morePublished 15 hours ago by A. Gift For You
I purchased this and another book for baby shower gifts. It is a sweet story that tells how no matter what the mood he is loved through and through just because he is special and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jennifer
This is my favorite book for young children!! I have it memorized and I purchase it for everyone having a baby!!!Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter is mildly autistic. She doesn't talk. We love her so much. Through and through. The message and flow of this book is beautiful. I read it to her several times a day. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carmen Sandiego
This is one of my go to baby shower gifts for new parents. This is an amazingly sweet book that accurately describes a parent's (the book isn't specific to parents) unconditional... Read morePublished 8 days ago by scubasarah
Truly one of the best books out there! my son and I would read this book at least once a day for years!Published 13 days ago by amy chudoba
We have a huge collection of kids books. "How do I love you", as well as "I love you through and through", are two of the most read and most loved books in our... Read morePublished 13 days ago by chrisj