Just Because You're Mine

Common Sense Media says

Fun look at a father's unconditional love great for bedtime.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids see the woodland habitat of squirrels.

Positive messages

Parents love their children for who they are and their relationship to them, not for what they do or achieve.

Positive role models

The father squirrel is loving, patient, tender, affectionate and fun to be with. His offspring is inquisitive, adventurous, openhearted, and and loving. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this warm picture book about the nature of parental love is perfect for read-aloud and not sappy at all. Kids really do wonder sometimes why their mom or dad loves them. This book gives a very honest and appropriate answer without being saccharine. 

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What's the story?

Little Red Squirrel and his dad are playing \"in the big wood\" when the dad asks him, \"Did I tell you today that I love you?\" The youngster asks, \"Because why?\" He wonders, as he page by page demonstrates his many skills for his father, if it's because he runs so fast, is so good at finding berries, can climb so high, is friendly, etc. After each question, Dad says no, that's not why. Then finally, when they're back home, as he tucks his son into his cozy nest that night, he tells him, \"I love you just because you're mine.\"

Is it any good?


JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE is refreshingly different for spotlighting a father's unconditional love, when so many books like this focus on the love between mother and child. It's illustrated in the same soft pastels that books of this ilk tend to favor, but it has tremendous energy, thanks to Little Red Squirrel's tireless antics as he shows off all his skills. The sweet tone and sleepy climax make it a perfect read-aloud for bedtime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to love a family member no matter what -- even if someone makes a mistake or irriates us momentarily.

  • Familes can also talk about how the illustrator portrayed the squirrels' life. Does it look like it's fun to be a squirrel?

Book details

Author:Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrator:Frank Endersby
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:December 27, 2011
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Read aloud:3 - 7
Read alone:5 - 7

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