A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
When the book breaks into lyrical language, it can serve as an introduction to poetry.
It's good to express positive feelings to those we love.
Positive Role Models
The two animals verbally express love for each other. They're from different species, ones that aren't necessarily friends in the wild.
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.
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.
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