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Author: Susan L Roth

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Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, A member of Penguin Putnam Inc.,

Material: board book

Summary: The narrator characterizes his love by counting animals (1 to 10) and describing their traits. Love is compared to the qualities most recognizable to a toddler.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Age of Child: Started reading at 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: There hasn't been much reaction to this one at all. This is a surprise, as s/he picked it out themselves at the library.

Adult Reader Reaction: The book can't seem to make up its mind what it wants to be: a book about love, a counting book, or a book where toddlers can identify animals (though I'm not sure they know what love birds are).

Pros: The collage illustrations are wonderful and really add texture to the book.

Cons: The book tries to do too many things. Stick with Guess How Much I Love You.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It's a simple book with a sweet idea. It would be a cute gift for anyone, not just a toddler!

If You Liked This Book, Try: Guess How Much I Love You, Little Kangaroo, I Love You. GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU   LITTLE KANGAROO, I LOVE YOU! (A Read-and-Squeeze Sweet Talkin' Book)   COUNTING KISSES: A KISS & READ BOOK

Educational Themes: You can teach counting and animal identification with this one. I'm not sure how well in quantifies or characterizes love, which is the titled theme.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, emotions, picture book, math, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

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