About the Book:
Through adorable, cuddly art and fun rhyming text, I Love You Just Because will help little ones understand their parents' love for them and that it doesn't have to be earned. With playful artwork and the same friendly bear family you already know and love from Donna Keith's first two books —I Love You All the Same and I Love You Even When — the sweet story of this book will touch you and your family and will remind you that family members love each other...just because.
This book was inspired by Donna's oldest daughter's interracial family. However, her youngest brother gave her the idea to write about three different bear cubs living together in one family. Each unique bear sibling learns about what makes each of them special and that they're loved just because. There's a Scripture on each page that goes along with the theme of the page.
The cover of the book is puffy and shows the entire bear family; it's very cute. I really like how the parent bears spend time with each cub individually and all together. I also like that Grandpa and Grandma bear come for a visit with the cubs too, because visits from my parents are very special to the kids also. I like when the Polar bear asks his Grandpa, "It is okay that I don't look like you?" He answers, "I love you just because you're you!" That really hit home for me because my husband is Filipino and I'm White and our kids look like a combination of us. Often, when their friends see us for the same time, they say, "That's your parent?!" So, this book meant a lot to me.
I read this book with my 9 year old son before bed. He said, "It was good. I liked that there's 3 different kind of bears and each of them couldn't do something. Then their mother told them that was okay because they could do something else." When we read it, he had his stuffed Winnie the Pooh giving a commentary. He had Pooh pretend he was one of the bears in the story, but Pooh said they got his name wrong because it said "Brown Bear." There's a page in the book with lots of jars of honey, and that was of course, Winnie the Pooh's favorite page. There's also a page with turtles on it and Winnie the Pooh said it was the Ninja Turtle, Donatello! So, as you can tell, we really had fun being silly and reading this book together. Although we were silly, you can see from my son's statement that he still understood the message of the story.
If you want to check out the book for yourself, here's a link to it on Amazon.com where it sells for $7.95 and is eligible for Amazon Prime. You can also check out these social media links:
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