By: Nancy Tillman
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: September 6, 2013
A fox? A Koala? Perhaps a bear cub. Every child dreams at one time or another of being an animal; an owl that can fly, a giraffe that can run, or a raccoon that can scurry away. Whatever they desire, they need to know that they will always be loved. Author/illustrator Nancy Tillman has crafted a beautiful new book that reassures youngsters that they will always be recognized by their loved ones and more importantly, always loved.
This sweet book, told in a very lyrical prose, begins by telling the reader:
There are things about you quite unlike any other...
things always known by your father or mother.
So if you decide to be different one day,
no worries...Iíd know you anyway.
The tale then goes on to imagine all sorts of animals the child might want to be, and how the parent would recognize him/her. It also encourages participation by the youngster by asking them to show off their various talents such as flapping their wings or roaring:
And if one fine day you got bored and you said,
ďToday Iím not me, Iím a lion insteadĒ
even if Iíd never heard it before, Iíd know
it was you by the sound of your roar.
Would you mind roaring a second or two?
See, without question, Iíd know it was you.
The author has had several bestselling childrenís books and itís a sure thing that Iíd Know You Anywhere, My Love, will follow suit. Itís a lovely story, with striking artwork, and an important message that every child is unique and will always be loved. This book is a winner and one you will be asked to read over and over to that special child in your life.
Quill says: A beautiful book, with soft, gentle prose and gorgeous illustrations that make this a perfect bedtime or anytime story.