Some children’s stories are so simple, sweet, and timeless that they become “classics” – passed down from generation to generation. Only You (Harcourt, 2007), written by Robin Cruise and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, reminds me of that kind of book. It is superbly written – the text is poetic and flows off the tongue. Literary mamas will love reading the words aloud. The text also happens to be extremely concise – the words are limited to only a few per page – so even the smallest of babies will enjoy this precious tale of the love of a parent for his/her child.
The pictures are captivating and really quite lovely with splashes of color and design in unexpected places. It’s important to note that the book features three different parent/child “pairs” – an Asian mother and baby, an African-American father and baby, and a Caucasian mother and baby. The pictures provide a glimpse into a variety of different worlds and many parents and children will see themselves reflected in the book’s pages.
The story itself warms the heart and is the perfect choice for bedtime, naptime, or morning snuggle time.
WIN IT! One mama will win a copy of Only You, written by Robin Cruise and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Saturday, Mar. 29, at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Sunday, Mar. 30. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #63 Jen Mc. Congratulations!