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Consider Love: Its Moods and Many Ways Hardcover – January 1, 2002

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From simple love to love mysterious, love oh so hot to love rather coolish, Sandra Boynton and her ubiquitous hippos, turkeys, and cats consider the moods (and "many ways") of love. In impressive rhyming verse, Boynton holds forth on myriad kinds of love, accompanying each rhyme with illustrations of various romancing critters. Especially notable is "love problematic" (a pair of porcupines) and "Love... well, cheap" (an oafish gorilla unsmilingly offers his mate a banana peel). The dramatic sequence between a rooster and hen is also particularly hilarious. Boynton's inimitable style, as seen in such classics as Hippos Go Berserk!, Barnyard Dance!, The Going to Bed Book, etc., is in rare form in this book of love for all ages. The expressions on the faces of her cartoonish characters speak volumes, even above and beyond her whimsical, comical versifying. (Ages 4 to 104) --Emilie Coulter

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Arriving just in time for Valentine's Day gift giving, this bouncy volume should please the palates of those searching for a sweet confection for a special someone. An appealing menagerie of Boynton's inimitable animal characters court and cavort through these buoyant pages, demonstrating how love "comes in every shape, and style." Acting out emotions suggested by the minimal rhyming text, these critters demonstrate such phenomena as "hopeful love" (a rabbit's ears form the shape of a heart), "love extravagant" (an elephant presents his amour with an entire apple tree, roots and all), "love perhaps foolish" (a hippo dives head-first into a layer cake) and "love overzealous" (a beaver chomps heart-shaped designs on tree trunks). In a final spread, the animals gather together as the narrative winds to an unabashedly sentimental, sing-song close: "Now consider one love in the midst of the crowd an affectionate love, neither timid nor loud.... A love that is steady, devoted, and true Consider my love for incredible you." Aw, shucks. What's not to love or at least like? All ages.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689847033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689847035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Consider love./Look here and there./Consider love./It's everywhere./Condsider love./Observe a while./It comes in every/shape and style." Sandra Boynton and her easily recognizable, quirky menagerie explore all the facets of love. From the hopeful, unbounded, deep, cautious, and shallow, to the extravagant, eloquent, hot, over-jealous, and problematic, love is all around us, and here to stay. Ms Boyton's engaging and creative text, full of rhyming wordplay, energy, and joy, is sure to put a big smile on your face, and is only outdone by her charming and amusing, ingenious signature illustrations. Together word and art offer a large slice of affection to be read and shared with those you love. Perfect for lovers of all ages, Consider Love is a sweet and endearing, feel-good gift book that's just right for Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and really any and every time you want to let that special someone know how much you care. "Now consider/one love/in the/midst of/the crowd-/an affectionate love,/neither timid nor loud./A love that appreciates/fire, and grace./A love that adores/one remarkable face./A love that is steady./devoted,/and true-/Consider my love for incredible you."
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"Consider Love" - subtitled "Its Moods and Many Ways" - is a sweet valentine filled with wisdom and heart. Though intended as a gift item for consenting adults, this is truly a novelty book for all ages. It was created by the prolific Sandra Boynton, a greeting card designer-turned-children's book author/illustrator who has previously created such clever board books as "But Not The Hippopotamus," "Blue Hat, Green Hat" (about the foibles of getting dressed), and "Horns to Toes" (about body parts). More than ever before, her greeting card past is apparent in this 32-page card. Combining semi-serious verse with cartoonish characters, she extols the virtues of love. "Consider love / Observe a while / It comes in every shape, and style...There's love that's shallow / Love that's deep / Love extravagant / Love...well, cheap." For the latter two instances, Boynton draws corresponding images of an elephant gifting his love with an entire, uprooted apple tree (extravagant love), and a gorilla presenting his bemused mate with an empty banana peel (cheap). A turtle pops out of his shell to express "bold love," a pair of porcupines ponder "love problematic," and a moose gazes admiringly at his own reflection to express "love unfounded." The conclusion is savvy enough to warm even the coolest heart, as it calmly requests that the reader "consider one love in the midst of the crowd - an affectionate love, neither timid nor loud...A love that is steady, devoted and true - Consider my love for incredible you."
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First off, it's a Boynton book so that says it mostly right there. But this is also a very sweet and simple book perfect for your special someone. A very romantic little gift - no special occasion needed! I've read it over and over and so will you!!!
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Sandra Boynton has outdone herself.
It's difficult these days to find a rhyming-text book that isn't weak at best, nauseatingly poor at worst. Ms. Boynton's sublime gift of perfectly balancing rhyme and meter has apexed in this charming, tender, and ever-so-Boyntonly-dry little book of love.
Long-time Boynton fans will instantly recognize -- and love -- her sweet (but not too-too-sweet) animal characters with their wry expressions and hapless actions. The author's classic way with words covers every "type" of love imaginable while saving the tenderest and best for last -- "Consider my love for incredible you."
The closing line itself makes this book a perfect "love gift" for Valentine's Day or any "Day" at all.
Buy it for someone you love. And buy a copy for yourself, too!
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"Consider love./Observe awhile./It comes in every shape, and style."
In this little book of verse Sandra Boynton considers all kinds of love with coquettish rhymes and charming illustrations. There's "bold love" (displayed by a turtle climbing out of his shell to meet his mate), "love over-zealous" (two beavers who've gnawed heart shapes into tree trunks), or, my personal favorite, "love problematic"... two porcupines anticipating an embrace.
This book would make a perfect Valentines gift. The opening title page has a "To;" and "From:" slot in a red heart and the lines of the poem read like a greeting card. Even though it's classified as a children's book, I think it'd be very cute to give this as a gift to a sweetheart of any age.
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This book brought me to tears. People of all ages will love and appreciate the words of love and cute illustrations accompanying the rhymes.

For a first chance of love, a last chance of love, a reminder, a romantic gesture, a gift to a young person...you will love this book!
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"Consider Love", is another delightfully charming book created by the talented Sandra Boynton. I have been buying her books to read to my daughter for years and I always find myself chuckling at the adorable illustrations and nice message tucked into her jaunty rhythmic style of writing. The best thing to do when first reading one of her books is to read it through once, then go back and look at each little character drawn, to capture their little expressions and mannerisms. My daughter is now nine years old and we both love "Consider Love". It is a colorful, fun,and interesting look at the many different forms that love may take. I highly recommend it to anyone who has little ones near by!
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