Feb 172017
 


That’s Me Loving You
Children’s Book
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Random House Books for Young Readers (December 27, 2016)
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101932384
Kindle ASIN: B01DRXF588

Wherever you are,
Wherever you go,
Always remember
And always know. . .

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents’ desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us—from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.

Nana’s Thoughts 

When I was asked to review this book I saw the title and read the snippet – a touching picture book, written in soothing rhymes, that reassures kids of how deeply they are loved, and quickly requested a copy. I had no idea how profoundly this book would touch my heart and be such a perfect book for my granddaughter, now 4 years old. The only thing that would make the book more perfect would be if the mom and son on the cover and at the end of the story would be a dad and daughter. As we near the 2 year anniversary of my son’s death my heart is breaking like it was yesterday and my granddaughter is talking about her daddy all the time.

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you.

Of course, this book would also be perfect for a parent and child that spend time apart when the parent goes to work or on a trip. It just speaks to me in a way that says the parent is gone forever, with the exception of the final page.

That shimmering star?
That’s me winking at you.

That drifting cloud?
That’s me thinking of you.

Beautifully written and illustrated but I think there needed to be one more page repeating the title – That’s me loving you, because the book ends abruptly and loses the flow that was so perfect. I was trying desperately to turn the page to finish the story that way it should have been done.

I can’t wait to share this story with my granddaughter the next time she comes for a visit.

Dollycas

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AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL is the author of over 20 books for children. Her titles include Uni the UnicornPlant a Kiss, Little PeaSpoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit!. A long-time contributor to NPR, she is currently the host and creator of Mission Amy K R.com produced by Chicago Public Radio. Amy lives with her family in Chicago and you can visit her online at whoisamy.com.

TEAGAN WHITE is a freelance illustrator specializing in playful watercolors and illustrated typography. Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012.


Find more by Amy Krouse Rosenthal here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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