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Loving and Caring

Keep Love in Your Heart, Little One
by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
(Orchard)
When Small pretends to be asleep, he learns all sorts of wonderful things about himself and how his loving Big feels about him. In this first person lupine narrative, Small recalls Big’s outpourings of tenderness and emotion and visualises, along with readers, their times together as they share life’s ups and downs. Perfect for bedtimes or quiet moments of togetherness.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
(Walker Books)
To delay going to bed, Little Nutbrown Hare starts telling Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. He throws his arms wide and declares ""This much". Of course, Big Nutbrown Hare's arms are much longer so he can show he loves Little Nutbrown Hare much more. The conversation turns into a competition as the little hare tries to find a way to measure his love that the big hare can't beat. When he is too tired to stay awake any longer, he finally declares "I love you right up to the moon." He thinks he's won and so does the reader until the very last line of the book. This simple but satisfying story is the classic picture book about love - one that sells to adults as well as children.
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Mole and the Baby Bird
by Marjorie Newman, illustrated by Patrick Benson
(Bloomsbury)
When Mole finds an abandoned baby bird, he takes him home and cares for him. But when the bird grows enough to want to fly, Mole is so upset that he builds a cage to keep him in "because he loves him.". It takes a walk with Grandad to teach him that the bird should be free and that Mole must love him enough to let him go. This picture book tells a strong story in a simple enough way to captivate small children. Our two year old granddaughter wants it read to her again and again and again.
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