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Children’s Book Review: I Love You More

November 7th, 2007

I Love You More, by Laura Duksta, illustrations by Karen Keesler, Published by Sourcebooks, 2007

When I was offered the chance to review an advance copy of this book, I was intrigued… a mother and her little boy in a  “… picture book that generates the conversation about Love.”     Little did I know that this would quickly become a book that Kenny wanted to read over and over and over again.

With brightly colored, simple illustrations, and a lilting rhyme, I Love You More follows the ways a mother and her son express their love for each other through the pieces of their world.   “I love you longer than the longest lollipop ever lasted” says the little boy, and “I love you louder than the loudest rocket ship ever blasted.”  

The book begins with the mother’s story, then flips upside down in the middle for the little boy to have his turn.   What kid doesn’t love that!   In fact, the book technically “never ends” (just like love, right?) and that may be Kenny’s favorite part of it.   But I think that it’s the fact that he actually understands all of the examples through the book that appeals the most.   “I love you higher than the highest bird ever flew; I love you taller than the tallest tree ever grew…”

The large print text and repetitive format have also gotten Kenny, for the first time, to point to specific words on the page and say things like, “That says more!   That says love!”

It’s a tender little book, and one that I think would be a great gift for any child, but most especially for a mom with a little boy.   It will make you heart melt.

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