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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: family reading, anytime 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!
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 stories, math
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003
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