Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Stephanie and David Miles
As a baby bear goes about his day, he wonders aloud how much his mommy loves him. His mother's responses gently affirm her great love for him. With each everyday moment they share, she explains that she loves him more than these joys of life. At an ice cream shop, she tells him she loves him more than all the sprinkles on an ice cream sundae. As they draw pictures, she professes that her love for him is greater than all the colors in the rainbow. He can hardly believe the amount of love she expresses, and then she says it’s even more than a great, big bear hug!
This board book will delight young readers with its cut-out, bear-shaped pages and stuffed-animal arms that can Velcro open and shut to give a hug. The illustrations are rich and detailed, with a variety of beautiful landscapes, including a meadow, a seashore, and a hill on a starry night. Young readers will also appreciate the familiar settings, such as a bathtub, a kitchen counter, a comfy chair, and a bed. Most of all, the simple and clear message that a mommy loves her baby more than anything else will resonate with all audiences.