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My Love for You Hardcover – February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803720319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803720312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This counting book, with soft and elaborate torn-paper illustrations and a wild-animal theme, describes a love "bigger than 1 bear, taller than 2 giraffes, [and] larger than 3 blue whales." A white mouse and a smaller brown mouse serve as the central characters, each taking turns to issue a declaration beginning with the words "My love for you" and continuing with phrases that incorporate numerals from one to 10. The mice compare strong feelings to animal giants from elephants to hippos, and end the list with the word "forever." Roth (Brave Martha and the Dragon) leaves the mice's relationship unspecific-they could be parent and child, friends or relatives, thus widening the potential audience for the book. Her art for this title is among her most childlike: she fashions fantastic landscapes and realistic animals from multicolored layers of paper-mottled, patterned, solid or tissue-thin. Transparent wisps and flyaway strands of cotton give some images a billowy look, while others have sharp, clipped edges. An amiable and direct primer. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS. A 1-to-10 counting book about love. Two mice, one smaller than the other but with no relationship between the two mentioned, stroll along through abstract landscapes, talking about their love for one another: "bigger than 1 bear," "taller than 2 giraffes," "longer than 5 pythons," "mightier than 8 lions," etc. In the end, they state that their love is greater than all of these put together and that it will last forever. The collage full- and double-page illustrations are fabricated from many layers of paper and a bit of paint, giving a variety of looks. The landscapes are soft, amorphous, and many-colored, with the birds and flowers suggested, rather than delineated. The animals are more crisply outlined and done in a simplified, lively, decorative style against subtly textured backgrounds. The overall effect is bright and cheerful. The type is bold upper case with the numbers and objects to be counted clearly defined. Cozy and reassuring, this is a good choice for sharing one-on-one.?Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Susan L. Roth is the author and illustrator of many wonderful books for children, including Hard Hat Area and the best-selling My Love for You. Her books have received such awards as the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, ABA Pick of the Lists, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. She has three grown children and lives with her husband in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Fasolino on December 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Agreed! This is my 21-month-old son's favorite of all his many books. Every morning he toddles into my bedroom with it and holds it out to me saying, "Luv fa you?"
If that's not the best recommendation in the world, what is?
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Format: Paperback
What a beautiful, intriguing book this is. I really like the mix of animals - the deep sea fish page is my favorite - and the message is so lovely. I find myself holding back a tear when I reach the end of the book. My 1 year old loves the animals, the pace, and the pretty illustrations.
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Format: Board book
I love this book! It is currently one of my one-year-old's favorites. She has me read it OVER and OVER, and it's so cute and sweet that I barely mind it. We actually bought it for my first daugther because we wanted more "love" books that weren't specifically "Mommy" books that Daddy could read her too. The illustrations are beautiful...in the style of art made from construction paper. But what I really love is the flow of the words. For an early reader it's perfect. As it counts to 10 with animals and great descriptive words, it starts out with two number per page flip, because just a few animals don't take up as much room. But as it gets to the bigger numbers, it goes to two pages (one spread) per number. It's perfect because as attention span wanes toward the end of the book for an early reader, the pages turn faster and keep her attention. And of course the love message is just precious. I highly recommend this book to anyone for buying for yourself or as a gift. It's a great little size for small hands too... easy to hold, and not too heavy. My 5 year old still likes it too, because of the loving message, and now she reads it to her little sister (so sweet!)
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By TA Mom on August 9, 2005
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
This is along the same lines as "Guess How Much I Love You". However, it not only gives you a way to express the depth of your love but gives children a chance to count the numbers one to 10. I've already got a lot of counting books but I'll probably add this one to our library. It's sweet without being too sappy.
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Format: Hardcover
My 2 year son loves this book. Every night we read it twice when he gets in bed. He even insists on sleeping with it. I can hear him laying there looking at the colorful pictures reading it to himself. The most wonderful part is the ending - after listing ten animals it ends with [my love for you is...] "greater than all of these together forever". A wonderfully sweet book.
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