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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (April 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039923392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399233920
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Even Ichikawa's (the Tanya series) effervescent watercolors can't disguise a rhyming text that is as corny as Kansas in August. The simile-driven format is established on the very first page: "I am your parent; you are my child. I am your quiet place; you are my wild." As the sage teddy bear and the adorable child make their way through the day, the elder bear is always described in terms of wisdom and patience, while the offspring is ebullient and unpredictable (the characters' genders aren't specified). First-time author Cusimano stretches the conceit past the breaking point: for bathtime, she writes, "I am your dry towel; you are my wet bath." At the evening meal, it's "I am your dinner; you are my chocolate cake. I am your bedtime; you are my wide awake." Fortunately, Ichikawa's graceful, full-bleed pictures have none of the text's saccharine qualities. Her views of the teddy bear duo have a sweet, simple pellucidity, instantly communicating all that the reader needs to know about the wonders of loving and being loved. Ages 3-7.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS-The rhythmic and lyrical text of this beautifully illustrated picture book explores the special connections between a parent and child. The opening pages show an adult teddy bear curled up with a baby bear: "I am your parent;/you are my child./I am your quiet place;/you are my wild." The verses that follow describe the activities of a busy day. While they play outside, the grown-up explains, "I am your water wings;/you are my deep./I am your open arms;/you are my running leap." After a bath, dinner, and a favorite story, the poem ends with a quiet moment: "I am your lullaby;/you are my peekaboo./I am your good-night kiss;/you are my/I love you." The soft watercolor illustrations bring the spirit behind the text to light. The joy and movement of running, spinning, splashing, and hugging are all captured in a warm and lighthearted manner, and the baby bear's small toy animals often join in the fun and games. An appealing choice for bedtime sharing.-Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


More About the Author

Maryann Cusimano Love is an associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on international relations and US foreign policy. Cusimano Love also teaches courses at the Pentagon.
The author serves on several boards and committees: The U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee, where she advises the bishops on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, and engages in advocacy with the U.S. Government on international issues of concern to the Catholic Church. The Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network with Notre Dame University's Kroc Institute of Peace, a network of academics and practitioners from around the world that seeks to enhance the study and practice of peacebuilding. The board and Advocacy Committee of Jesuit Refugee Services, an international refugee relief and advocacy group active in over 50 countries, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.
Cusimano Love is also a columnist for the magazine "America," and has served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations project on homeland security, and as a participant in the Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.
She holds a B.A. from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, an M.A. from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
The author lives on the Chesapeake Bay outside of Washington, DC, with her husband Richard and three children, Maria, Ricky, and Ava, who inspire her best-selling children's books.

Customer Reviews

I buy this book as a baby shower gift now.
Texas Mommy
This book is so beautifully illustrated and the sentiments are so warm and deep about loving a child.
susieq
I tear up every time I read it to him, EVERY night!
Holly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Amy C. Simmonds on November 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've been moved to write my own review so others can read this instead of the surprisingly negative editor's review on this wonderful book. I am a new mother and have a 5 month old daughter. As I stood in the book store flipping through each page, I could not hold back some little tears. Yes, some of the rymn does not work 'perfectly', but it doesn't matter. The pictures are wonderful, and it sums up some very deep emotions with very simple words. I now know what other mothers meant when they used to tell me, 'You just can't describe the love you feel for your child...there is nothing else in the world like it..' Now I know. I bought this book so I can read it to my baby now and for the rest of her life! A little dramatic, I know, but this book deserves a better review. Enjoy this book with your little one too.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter's second birthday, and as I stood in the bookstore thumbing through it, I cried. No other children's book, even classics like "Guess How Much I Love You" adequately expresses the loving relationship I have with my children, especially with my daughter, whom I almost lost at birth. "I am your water wings, you are my deep" touched me more than I can adequately convey. I,too, was disappointed with the "Publisher's Weekly" review, as everyone I have shown the book to has had the same reaction: tears of genuine emotion. The illustrations, of course, are just as touching. For the young children who will read this book, or have it read to them, nothing can be more comforting than the solid reassurance of a parent's love. "You are My I Love You" is a perfect gift.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Hamann on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The first time I read this book I cried in the middle of the book store. I bought it for my two year old daughter. It took me reading it at least fifteen more times before I could get through it with out choking up. The words may be "corny", but isn't that how we feel about our little ones. The book describes my deepest feelings in words my daughter can understand. I love reading it to her.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Two endearing bears, every bit as appealing as "Paddington," illustrate the bond between mother and child, while a day in their life together is recounted in simple rhyming text.
Parent (who is not identified as mother or father) and child romp, play in a field, and explore until the end of day. Then it's dinner and bedtime with : "I am your dinner; You are my chocolate cake. I am your bedtime; You are my wide awake."
Ichikawa's sun washed full-color illustrations are charming, while the rhymes capture an activity to which every child can relate.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for Christmas for my 22 month old daughter and like others, cried the first time I read it. During Christmas, I was overheard reading it to my child by her grandparents, and they too, stood there with tears in their eyes saying it was the sweetest book they have heard. Please do not listen to the Publisher's Weekly review...it is quite obvious the person who gave such a negative review does not have children. My daughter sat still while I read it as rhyming kept her attention as well as the day-to-day activities of the bear were similar to hers. This is a book to be treasured!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Gunn on March 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Listen to a parent rather than a book critic talk about this book: After a long day of chasing my toddler, I settle her down for bed with this story. It soothes both of our tired bodies, and my tired spirit. She whispers "Hi, Teddy!" with every page turn, as if it is the first time she has seen him. He is her loyal friend, on every page and always happy. This book relaxes her so well. And it reminds me of the joy and priviledge of being a parent, so that when I leave her room for the night I don't feel beaten to pieces but made whole by my daughter's spirit. This book is a great gift for parents - the one they will pull off the shelf for that bedtime story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rainbird Reader on September 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What grinch reviewed this title for Publishers Weekly? As a children's librarian, I see hundreds of books a year. This title has quickly become one of my very favorites. The text is pure poetry in its simple eloquence about parenting. I cried the first time I read it. If you are looking for a beautifully illustrated book that will tug at your heartstrings while being a delight to read aloud, this is the one. Hooray for Maryann Cusimano for her fresh new vision of love and kudos to the always wonderful Satomi Ichikawa for her charming pictures.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Worthy on November 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My mother gave this book to me and my children. What a wonderful gift! It brings grins to my children's faces and tears to my eyes each time I read it to them. It puts the simple truth about being a parent into simple poetry. Words that children can understand and parents can feel. To really "get" this book, you must have children of your own. I am making the assumption that the editorial reviewer was not a parent. If you are a parent, you must have this book in your personal library for when you want to read something to your child that reminds both of you about the simple pleasures of a parent-child relationship.
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