That’s Me Loving You
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by Teagan White
* Age Range: 3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Publisher: Random House Books for Young readers
* Pub. Date: December 27, 2016
* Language: English
“Combine this with a kissing hand, and children will be ready to set off on their own to explore the world, safe in the knowledge that they are loved.” —Kirkus Reviews
From School Library Journal
PreS-K—Rosenthal's poem declares that nature is a constant reminder of the narrator's love for a child. "That shimmering star?/That's me winking at you. That inviting ocean?/That's me waving at you." On creamy backgrounds, two lines of verse face pages of White's sweet-faced adventurers. One at a time, children encounter pesky mosquitoes, a breeze's kiss, and rain's tears, ever assured of the unflagging devotion of their parents or caregivers. VERDICT A fine introduction to personification. The honeyed text and drawings will please parents, grandparents, and caregivers. A love letter best shared one-on-one.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Unwrapping the book
From the author of the New York Times bestselling author of "I Wish You More" comes a book that promises continuous love and makes the perfect gift for fans of Emily Winfield Martin’s "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" and those looking for something new to add to their shelves next to the classic "The Runaway Bunny".
Wherever you go,
And always know. . .
That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you. "
Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents’ desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us—from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.
This tender gentle book is a book for the heart. The love connection is recognized in a warm breeze blowing, the waves on the ocean waving hi, a butterfly landing softly on a shoulder or even through a pesky, persistent mosquito that is always bugging you.
It's all about unconditional love and being there for a child even when you are separated and far apart. This beautiful story has an even deeper meaning because the author passed away from ovarian cancer in 2017 and dedicates her deep-felt words to her three children that she leaves behind. It is a wonderful gift that says both hello and goodbye.
The illustrations are soft and dreamy. They are a perfect marriage for the text and enriches it greatly. It is a lovely bedtime story that is sure to generate lots of hugs and kisses as you tuck away your little ones for the night assuring them that you will be there for them when they open up their eyes in the morning. I highly recommend this book.
About the author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal was born in 1965, and graduated from Tufts University. A prolific writer, speaker, film maker, and radio show host, she also contributed to TED Talks and wrote several adult and children’s books. She lived in Chicago with her husband and children for several years, and then announced on March 3, 2017, that she was terminally ill with cancer. Her essay for the Modern Love column in the New York Times, entitled “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” went viral online. She died on March 13, 2017.
Meet the illustrator
Teagan White is a freelance illustrator who makes playful paintings of animal characters under the name Tiny Moth Studios. She likes to tell stories about critters of all shapes and sizes exploring the natural world and being nice to each other. Her work can be found on book covers, fabric, greeting cards, games, toys, and more, and she has authored and illustrated a variety of picture books, including "Adventures with Barefoot Critters" and "Counting with Barefoot Critters". Teagan lives in Minneapolis with a cat named Bug, is often visited by window squirrels, and knows exactly where every rabbit in the neighborhood hangs out.
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