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Why Do You Love Me? Paperback – April 10, 2001

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The first in a series of children's titles by radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Why Do You Love Me? (written with Martha Lambert) is a warm and fuzzy 32-page picture book about unconditional love. Unlike the treasured, bunny-centered Guess How Much I Love You, Schlessinger's text--aimed at a similar, if slightly older, age group--is intended to be reality-based. You won't find any fantastical elements here, just a straight conversation between mother and son about the enduring love the mother feels for her child. Unfortunately, the story's low-key "slice of life" approach isn't reflected in Daniel McFeeley's exaggerated, cartoonish line drawings--a stylistic merging of R. Crumb and Jim "Garfield" Davis.

Schlessinger delivers an important message beneath the Sunday-comics-style presentation: A mother's love is forever and always, no matter how her child behaves. Sammy thinks he might be loved because he's good at sports or is helpful around the house. No, Mother explains, it's because "he's the one and only Sammy there will ever be in the whole world--and you're mine. And that's enough for me to love you all the time." Then Sammy asks if there is ever a time when she doesn't love him, and he offers suggestions of recent bad behavior. "I did not love the yelling, or the hitting, or cleaning off the crayon marks," says Mother. "But I still loved you." Further, she says, "the love in my heart is like the sun in the sky. It is always there, even when you can't see it."

The mother here is never shown to be distracted, overwhelmed, snappy, or sad. And parents may bristle that there's no real discussion of the existence or whereabouts of a parent's love when working, absent, sick, or tired. (Dr. Laura would ask now, "Who cares? It's your kids we're thinking about here.") But this story is meant purely to comfort the young child who fears that their parents' love comes and goes at whim. At that, it fully succeeds. (Ages 3 and older) --Jean Lenihan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Books written by celebrities or social-service professionals are often disappointing, but this particular volume by a radio talk-show host is well done. A young boy asks his mother why she loves him and wonders if it's because he picks up his toys and helps his friends. He also wonders why she loves him if he crayons on the walls and loses his temper. She explains that although she doesn't always love what he does, her love is like the sun on a cloudy day-it's always there even though he can't see it. While the message works in context, the illustrations don't, as the heavily drawn cartoons are at odds with the gentle mood of the text. Still, this is a reassuring, warm book to share with youngsters at bedtime or any time when presented with those "why" questions that children are so fond of asking.
Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064436543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064436540
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My grandson listened intently and was thrilled with the illustrations, when I read it to him and his mother. She wasn't too thrilled when I told her I ordered the book, because Dr. Laura is a bit too conservative for her. But once she heard it, she became a big fan. Our only grand/child is no longer an only child since the recent birth of our second. We now have to discipline him because we now have many more constraints in our daily lives. ie, 'quiet, baby sleeping', 'can't play with you right now, have to feed baby', etc.
It helps his parents, and grand-parents explain that we still love him no matter what. Thank you Dr. Laura. Linda
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By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What an excellent book to share with children of all ages! This is one of my favorite childrens book. It helps explain to children what it means when you say " I love you". Sammy's questions to his mother are questions many children have, but don't necessarily ask. Reading this book helps them to understand that no matter what they do-good or bad, their parents will love them always. They may be angry with them or upset, but that dosen't mean that their love for their children has stopped. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. This is a message everyone should hear and understand no matter what age.
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Format: Hardcover
A friend recommended this book to me, but I found it incredibly similar to Miriam Schlein's classic book _The Way Mothers Are_. Do yourself a favor and check that book out instead--the illustrations are better too!
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By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book deals in a meaningful and appropriate way with the emotions and fears that come up in children. As a pre-school teacher I spend a large amount of time in the bookstore in the constant search of fine books. I found this book by chance, reading my way through many, many books, while I was looking for the perfect birthday-gift for one of my students. I had never heard the authors name before. I was immedetialy in awe with the book. Every single word seemed so meaningful. True - this book is written on a subject that is quite obvious for us grown up's and we probably take it for granted. But what a powerful way to tell and remind children that your parents love is unconditional. I'd like to highly recommend it !!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I liked this book, but I happened to see Martin Baynton's book, also entitled "Why Do You Love Me", copyrighted in '88 and published first in New Zealand in '89. Nearly identical storyline too. I wonder how Mr. Baynton feels (or would feel) about Dr. Laura's "original" story....
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By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Laura captures the essence of insecurity that children go through. They wonder if love comes and goes like their good behavior does. My two boys we are adopting found this book very comforting and helpful in understanding our love for them and their growing love and acceptance for us. It stimulated a great discussion. Bravo to Dr. Laura!
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Format: Hardcover
Sometimes a mother loves her children so much she can't put her feelings in to words. I found this book an excellent way to express what she feels. I gave this to my 19 year old son. I wanted him to look back on this book and see the exact way I felt towards him. Sometimes this makes these feelings easier to understand.
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I'm not great with words. My answers tend to be along the lines of, because I do, but reading this to my daughter helped her make sense of us. We needed this. She even started coming up with scenarios of her own.
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