Fiction Fridays: I Love You Through and Through
Why do I love this book? Let me count the ways. I love its top side, I love its bottom side. I love its inside, and I definitely love its outside. Okay, let’s be honest, I pretty much just love it all. From the adorable little boy to the way Abby pouts and says “love your sad side”, this book is a staple at Abby’s house. It’s even become a staple in mine as my fiance bought it immediately for our future child after seeing how much Abby loved it.
This book is the perfect book for the growing toddler. Let me explain. When Abby was just a year this book taught her body parts. I would read “I love your fingers” and she would wiggle her fingers, “and your toes” and she would point to her tiny little toes. As she grew, the book taught her emotions. She now pouts when we are on the sad page, and makes an angry face when we are on the mad page. I know it doesn’t seem significant, but learning emotions at an early age is key for they can express themselves better and understand more thoroughly when people around them are sad or mad.
Ultimately, though, this book gets you on the adorable factor. Who can resist the pouts and giggles of that cute little Jewish boy with his teddy bear? The illustrator, Carline Jayne Church, is wonderful at her craft. And the author, Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, knows how to create the cuddle factor with her words. While you are pointing to your child’s toes and tickling them to get them to giggle, you can’t help but to cuddle and snuggle up together.
I Love You Through and Through is a clever, cuddly book that I am proud to say I have on my own bookshelf (even if I am a childless female in my young 20′s….). If you like this one, check out Church’s other illustrated children’s book, How Do I Love You. The author is different, and it’s not quite as snuggly, but Abby seems to love it just as much.