A Kiss Like This

by Carrie


I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding Valentine picture books that I like. Perhaps I am too picky. Then again, maybe not. Part of the problem that I have is that we homeschool our children and a great number of Valentine picture books take place in classroom situations. That is all well and good but we don’t identify with them very well. (We do make Valentines for our close friends and family, but nothing on a massive scale.) Nor do I go for books which talk much about boyfriends and girlfriends. I’m always on the lookout for something I find more suitable for kids ages 1-6 (coincidentally the age range of my children!) that are a bit more general in their “love theme.” When offered a chance to review these two titles from Candlewick Press, I jumped on it!

A Kiss Like This, by Mary Murphy is a perfect fit for my almost two year old. It’s all about bestowing affectionate little pecks on one another. Featuring animals, it’s a sweet and cuddly read. It compares how different animals give kisses (e.g., giraffes give gentle and tall kisses while mice give quick and small kisses) while allowing the reader to bestow their own little hen pecks as they go along. This is a fantastic book for loving mommies and daddies (grandparents, etc.) to read with their babies. Get some extra cuddle time in with this one!

Bear in Love had a much more complex storyline than the above title. This book, by Daniel Pinkwater, tells us the story of Bear who awakes each day to find tasty, crunchy treats left outside of his cave. He doesn’t know who is leaving the treats for him, but he speculates in little songs and enjoys his snacks tremendously. Eventually he decides to leave a return gift and tries to stay awake to see who this secret admirer is. Unfortunately he keeps falling asleep and so his anonymous friend remains anonymous for some period of time. The carrot is a dead giveaway, really, and, at the conclusion of the story, an unlikely friendship is formed.

The illustrations by Will Hillenbrand really bring this story to life. I particularly enjoyed how he used dull and lighter colors to cause the background to fade into the, well, uh, background, while giving all of the life and color to the main characters in this book. It really makes Bear and Bunny pop out of the page a bit.

My older two enjoyed this story and thus our home Valentine’s Day book collection grows by two titles. Hurrah!

Would you care to expand your book collection as well? I am delighted to say that Candlewick Press has offered to give away one copy of each of the above titles to one of you!
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Thank you, Candlewick Press, for your generosity to our readers. Thank you also for sending the above books my direction in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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Carrie’s children’s book collection is getting quite large. But she’s not complaining. She talks about their books, as well as those she reads for her own personal pleasure over at Reading to Know.

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1 Amy January 30, 2013 at 8:28 am

Bear in Love looks especially cute. Sign me up!
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2 Liz January 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

Please enter my name. Thank you.


3 Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

You won this giveaway! Please reply to this email with your shipping info.
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4 Liz V. February 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

E-mailed info. Thank you.


5 Angela E. January 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

I know someone who would like these stories.


6 Stephanie Kay January 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I’m with you. I don’t care for books just about making cards or about boy/girlfriend love for elementary students. I must prefer love in the family context. Both of these look really cute and fun.
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7 Annette {This Simple Mom} January 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Oh, these do look delightful!
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8 ellie January 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

What a delight. many thanks.


9 diane January 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This would be ideal for my grandson.


10 Cindi January 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Our children adore books…Seasonal books are always a derivation from the everyday books!
These Valentine’s Day books from Candlewick
Press are adorable. Many thanks for this wonderful
opportunity to win new and fun books…


11 Wehaf January 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I think the illustrations for Bear in Love look so sweet!


12 Merry January 31, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love finding new, sweet books for my grandchildren, these sound terrific.


13 June January 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

Two nice children’s books.


14 Margaret January 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

My kids would be thrilled to have these books for Valentines!



15 Don February 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

Our little guy will like these story books.


16 Jessica T February 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I’d love to win these for my nephew!


17 riTa February 3, 2013 at 12:02 am

What delightful books to give to/or read to my littlest grandkids.
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18 nannypanpan February 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

would love these for my lil valentine


19 Beth C February 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I’d love these books for my little grandchildren.


20 Lori D. February 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

I’d like to read these to my niece & nephew.


21 Christine W February 7, 2013 at 2:21 am

So cute…thanks for the chance!


22 Garrett February 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

Will read to my little nephew.


23 Van February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

Looks like a good book.


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