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I Will Keep You Safe and Sound Hardcover – March 1, 2013

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PreS-Essentially a short illustrated poem, this title depicts beatifically smiling baby animals and their grown-ups cuddling in their dens, nests, and other dwellings-"Gators in the shade/While the sun burns high/Squirrels in the log/While the hawk sails by," etc. On each spread, a full-page illustration of the animals faces two lines of the poem in large black font, with a smaller illustration under it. The refrain, "I will keep you safe and sound," lends a soothing, lullabylike cadence, while watercolor and pencil illustrations create a sleepy, calm atmosphere. This cozy somnolence is temporarily disturbed by a lost kitten that is immediately found by the mama cat. The reassuring message of this book-that parents are there to care for and protect their offspring-as well as the large illustrations and spare text, will appeal to a very young audience. A sweet but additional choice.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This satisfying picture book celebrates the security young animals enjoy under their parents’ protective care. The title comes from the refrain that concludes the rhyming text in all three sections of the book, beginning with “Brown bears in the den / While the first buds peep / Rabbits in the field / While the crickets cheep / Robins in the nest / While the rain pours down / I will keep you safe and sound.” In the next section, an alligator, a squirrel, and a dolphin protect their young, and in the conclusion, beaver parents and their kits shelter in their den, a pony nuzzles her foal in the barn, and a cat finds her lost kitten and carries it home. Nicely cadenced, the simple text leads readers through the book, while the inviting pencil, watercolor, and gouache artwork gives them reasons to linger. Though the animals’ faces are lightly anthropomorphized, that may enhance the illustrations’ appeal for young children. A comforting choice for reading aloud. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545197511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545197519
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loving parents--a brown bear, a rabbit, a robin, an alligator, a dolphin, a squirrel, a beaver, a horse, and a cat-- reassure their babies that even when rain is pouring down or when waves are crashing against the beach, their babies will be safe. "I will keep you safe and sound," is repeated as each creature cuddles its child.

The animals are beautifully depicted by illustrator Petra Brown. Using watercolor, brown pencil and a watercolor method known as gouache--in which an opaque pigment is applied in strokes--give the book a soft and warm appearance. The faces of the animal parents are loving and caring. The baby creatures appear happy and content. One page depicts a "...Kitten in the moonlight, Lost...then found, I will keep you safe and sound." The lost kitten looks fearful, but is greeted by his mother and reassured and lovingly cuddled.

Children will appreciate the rhythm and rhyme of this sweet story, and this book is likely to be their favorite new bedtime read.

I Will Keep You Safe and Sound is a great gift for new parents. This book should be included in the Official Parenting Starter Kit!

Highly, highly recommended for pre-school and bedtime. Parents and grandparents must read this loving and caring book to their little ones and continue to keep them safe and sound.

See my YA reviews on my blog "Young Adult Books--What We're Reading Now"
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Such a sweet book with a loving message. The story details different animal parents taking care of their babies. The illustrations are beautiful. I also love that it rhymes, being that my kindergartener is practicing producing rhyming pairs in school. This is a great book for parents whose children need a little extra reassurance.
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"I Will Keep You Safe and Sound" written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Petra Brown is a charming book that I received from the library.
Perfect bedtime story with adorable pictures and comforting words.
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Sweet book to reassure a 2 year old who has just begun having nightmares or fears. Great condition, price and ship speed.
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This book is precious - thank you
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