A bunch of my favorite children's books are written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond, including Fish Kisses and Gorilla Hugs, which was why I was excited to receive one of the best Christmas gifts-- her latest, If I Could Keep You Little....
Richmond's books make for great read-alouds and this one dives into the relationship of a parent and child. It reminds us that as much as we'd like to keep them little, we'd miss out on them developing their personalities and growing up into who they're meant to be.
If I could keep you little,
I'd decide on matching clothes.
But then I'd miss you choosing
Dots on top and stripes below.
The book expresses to young readers the love a parent feels, but explores how independent they will become. This is sure to be a favorite with both parents and children, a rare trait to find in a children's book.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (November 1, 2010)
Source of review copy: Publisher