If you want a book that will remind your children that you will always love them, this is the one. Unconditional love is alive in this sweet tale.


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No Matter What

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Debi Gliori
Illustrated by Debi Gliori

We parents all know that we'll love our children no matter what. And we do our best to be living examples of that commitment, even when our children aren't acting very lovable. And over the past several years there have been some extremely wonderful books reinforcing the idea that unconditional love does exist and what it looks like in a child's eyes and experience. And... we really can't hear this too many times. Parents, or children. No Matter What is about Small, who begins the book as a grim and grumpy young fox -- who runs the gamut of "testing" behavior (I don't have to get more specific than that, do I?!) while Large, his parent (maybe Mother, maybe Father -- the illustrations are non-committal), stays calm and acts with kindness to eventually assure Small that, no matter what, he (or "she," if you wish) will still be loved.

Steering well clear of being anything resembling smarmy or cloying (easy to do when you're talking about unconditional love to a child), No Matter What has a cheery, off-beat thread running through it that lightens up the whole subject. Small wants to know: (among other things)"If I were a grumpy grizzly bear,would you still love me?Would you still care?"Of course," said Large."Bear or not,I'd always love you,No matter what." "But if I turned into a squishy bug,would you still love me and give mea hug?""Of course," said Large."Bug or not,I'd always love you,No matter what."Small comes to find that no matter what he becomes (even a crocodile!) he'll still be loved and that if it feels as if love can wear out, break or bend, "with time together, a smile and a kiss, love can be mended with things like this."

Spend some time with the detailed and lively illustrations. They are a sweet blend of cheeriness and warmth, with the last pages veritably swelling with shared love between Large and Small as the young one comes to understand that everything is all just fine between them. We parents spend a significant amount of energy making sure our children know that they'll be loved, but sometimes we need to let ourselves know that we'll be loved, too, even when we're having a bad day. If we take the time to read between the lines, No Matter What is a gentle reminder of how vital it is for everyone - even parents - to feel loved.

(Ages: 3 - 5 years)

#12792 - Board Book - 24 pgs
Our price $6.99

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