Did You Know That I Love You?

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Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Charmingly illustrated book reassures kids they're loved.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

When the book breaks into lyrical language, it can serve as an introduction to poetry.

Positive Messages

It's good to express positive feelings to those we love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The two animals verbally express love for each other. They're from different species, ones that aren't necessarily friends in the wild.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Did You Know That I Love You? is an endearingly illustrated debut picture book by Christa Pierce. Big on charm and short on text, it's aimed squarely at the 3-year-old set. Bird loves fox and, in dialogue balloons, counts the ways: "Could you taste it in the tea? Did it warm you from the mug?" The bright, bold art depicts the friends traveling the woods and cuddling. Families should note that the line "all my love is for you and it will always be" might make the book less appropriate for kids with siblings.

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What's the story?

A blue bird sitting in a nest calls out to a fox, "Did you know that I love you?" and then asks, "Did I show it in my kisses? ... Could you taste it in your tea?" The text rhymes somewhat, and the bird ends with a message that can echo a parent's reassurance to a child: "I want you to always know, however big you get to be, that all my love is for you, and it will always be."

Is it any good?

The bright, bold art in this book will appeal to preschoolers, and the spare text will keep them from getting wiggly. The frontispiece bookplate, which says "This book is gifted to ___ from ___ because you are loved," signals the book's intent: to reassure kids they're loved.

But the text itself might've used a little more TLC. It starts off somewhat choppy and flatfooted, then takes flight in heightened lyricism: "Was my voice your nighttime chorus, with the rain and chirping bugs?" And the rhyme is uneven. Still, young readers can snuggle into the cozy story-time love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about love. How do you know that you're loved? How do families and friends show love?

  • What's fun about books that have animal characters instead of people?

  • When someone tells you they love you, how do you feel?

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