Monday, November 8, 2021

Review: I Love You All the Same by Donna Keith and National Book Lovers Day

 I was honored this last week to be invited to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Childrens Literature Festival and met more than a couple amazing authors. One of the books I picked up comes from a very sweet woman...and yes, her books are just as sweet. 

So, this is book number two for my National Book Lovers Day celebration!

by Donna Keith
Illustrated by Alison Edgson
Thomas Nelson
Board Book / Religious
20 pages
ages 2 to 4

Three adorable bear cubs learn that even though they are very different, Mama and Papa love them all the same!

This humorous, rhyming story features three bear siblings who are very different: they don’t look the same or sound the same or eat the same. Brown Bear only wants honey; Polar Bear craves fish; and little Panda Bear snacks only on bamboo shoots. When playing hide-and-seek in the snow, Polar Bear always wins. And little Polar and Panda are always bored while Brown Bear is hibernating. How could they get along in a family when they are so, so different? With gentleness and love, Mama Bear and Papa Bear assure their cubs that even though they are different, they are loved the same, and God put them in the same family for a purpose.

Darling illustrations by Alison Edgson (An Easter Prayer, 2012) add even more sweetness to this comforting message. The book is also a great resource for adoptive families who want to assure their children that whether biological or adopted, each of them is incredibly loved.

Features & Benefits:

A perfect way for parents to tell their children how much they love each of them
Great purchase for parents and grandparents looking for ways to show siblings how they are each special and unique
Good resource to prepare big brothers and sisters for new members (and personalities!) coming into the family
Adorable art from Alison Edgson makes this a great purchase for a baby shower, a gift for a new mom, or anytime
A great resource for adoptive families
Padded Board Book



Family love and diversity make every page glow with warmth and joy like a huge hug.

This is a bear family, which was brought together to form a wonderful group. Each one is different and unique in their own way and that makes them love each other all the more. With a fitting Bible verse on each 2-page spread, the family is shown as they play, fish, and discover life around them. After the adventures come to an end and they snuggle in for the night, peace and happiness ensure sweet dreams.

This is a board book for the youngest readers. It's not only sturdy but does have a padded cover as well. The illustrations are bright and lively, while bringing across a natural atmosphere as they live in usual, bear surroundings. The life of the bears, while displaying human hints such as a bow in the hair and such, also reflects activities which real bears are known to do. The pastels invite for warmth while holding enough details to keep young eyes returning again and again. 

The text is written in rhyme and flows very well. It makes a lovely read-aloud, and is perfect for a snuggle-reading in a chair or as a good night tale. The text is a little more than in some board books and yet perfect for young listeners to enjoy the adult's attention and voice as it does flow in a soothing manner. The addition of Bible verses on the bottom of the page add a nice touch for light discussions or even as a note to adults reading the pages. In other words, it's a wholesome read which is perfect to end a day...and will probably make some young listeners into bear fans.

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