________________ CM . . . . Volume XXII Number 6. . . .October 9, 2015


I Love You, One to Ten.

Caroline Adderson. Illustrated by Christina Leist.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2015.
32 pp., hardcover & pdf, $16.95 (hc.), $14.95 (pdf).
ISBN 978-1-55498-708-5 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-55498-709-2 (pdf).

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 2-5.

Review by Karyn Miehl.

*** /4



How do I love you, little one?
Let me count the ways.
One is your face, so round and glad.
Two, your eyes, googly, bright.
Three, your raspberry mouth, so sweet.
And your chins are Four. Four chins! Little one, I love them all.


This book, told from a mother’s perspective as she gets her child ready for bed, outlines the many ways the mother loves her little one. In reading this book with my own kids, my son, seven, said he liked “how the mom says nice things about the boy”, and he thought that “the pictures are nice. The artist did a good job with them.” My daughter, five, thought the illustrations were funny, such as the image depicting the child throwing his bowl of greens and the facial expressions on the cat. Both kids picked up on the presence of the family’s pets in many of the illustrations, something which rang true to life for them. Also true to life are images depicting hats, mitts and scarves strewn about, the child wearing socks on his hands, and arts, crafts and toys littering the floor.

internal art      As a mother, I relate to the both the images and the text in this book. The mother in the story is clearly busy tidying the house and preparing her child for bed with bath time, getting him dressed, and finding his antics amusing as he acts silly wearing her flip flops and hiding under scarves and blankets. The mother finds joy in her child, as shown through her dancing with the boy and watching him as he sleeps.

      I Love You, One to Ten is a very cute book for younger children as they will likely see themselves and their innocent, carefree lives reflected in the pages.


Karyn Miehl, a mother of two and a secondary school English teacher, lives in Kingsville, ON.

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