A Judith Recommends: I Love You More

A couple of weeks ago, I received a copy of I Love You More, an insightful and sigh-inspiring children’s book written by Laura Duksta and illustrated by Karen Keesler.

The cover of the book claims itself to be, "A flip-sided book… like love it never ends." This simple phrase intrigued me. A book that doesn’t end? Well, that wouldn’t bode very well for bedtime stories, now would it? So I did what any hassled mother with a grasping toddler at her knee would do…

I flipped it and went in search of its secrets.

Wanna know what I found?

I found out that a flip-sided book is a book with two beginnings (one at each cover), two perspectives (that of a mother and a child),  and one amazing shared ending. Opening the front cover of I Love You More, I found myself walking along with a mother and son as she answers that often unanswerable  question,

"Mommy, just how much do you love me?"

I love you mightier than the mightiest wind ever blew.

I love you fuller than the fullest moon you ever knew.

I love you brighter than the brightest star ever shone.

I love you more, so much more than you’ve ever known.

Flipping the book over and starting from the back cover, I found myself walking along with the same mother and son as he answers his mother’s question,

"So, just how much do you love me?"

I love you bigger than the biggest bubble ever blown.

I love you freer than the freest kite ever flown.

I love you higher than the highest swing ever swung.

I love you sweeter than the sweetest song ever sung.

Reading I Love You More to my children, I found not only a story that we’ll read together for years but memories that we’ll treasure forever… Because, as the cover says, like love it never ends.

With it’s enchanting illustrations and beautiful verses that you’ll find yourself repeating in your everyday life, I Love You More has found a permanent place in my heart and on my list of all-time favorites.

You can find I Love You More at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com.

December 1, 2007
Categories: Daily

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