Since its publication in 2001, You Are My I Love You has sold half a million copies worldwide and given voice to the unique love parents feel for their children. Now the creators of this modern classic reunite to honor the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, the one of passing along tradition, joyful spoiling, nurturing imagination, and pure adoration. Whether it's the sharing of stories or romping horsey rides, silly tickle fights or lazy fishing trips, there's truly nothing like it.
With touching, heartfelt words and warm, playful illustrations, Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa shine their spotlight on this unique relationship. AUTHOBIO: Maryann Cusimano Love lives in Tracy's Landing, Maryland.
Satomi Ichikawa lives in Paris, France.
Every page of this dear tale of a grandmother bear and grandchild bear overflows with familial love and joy in both words and illustrations. The language is lovely and lyrical, as metaphors poetically describe first the grandparent and then the grandchild. Often the comparison is complementary, such as "I am your home-baked bread / you are my grape jelly" or phrased in terms of a contrast, such as "I am your wise face / you are my new-tooth smile." As beautiful as the language is, the illustrations are equally charming. Grandmother and grandchild sing to each other, the grandma bear gazing fondly at the open-mouthed, tune-belting child bear. They stare expectantly together into the pond after throwing in a penny with a wish. They snuggle under a tree for a catnap as the grandmother says, "I am your good-night prayer / you are my fast asleep." A slow and sleepy ending makes this book suitable for bedtime reading. Page after page celebrates intergenerational affection with warmth and beauty. The story may prompt discussions with readers about time spent with grandparents and the ways children connect with older generations. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes