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I love you like crazy cakes
Lewis, Rose A.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[United States] : Weston Woods, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (8 min.) : analog + 1 book ([30] pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm)
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.
General Note:
"Read-along cassette."

Side 1 has page-turn signals.
Reading Level:
AD 550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 45245.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 24104 Guided reading level: N.

Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
CASSETTE KIT 1308 Juvenile Media Kit Media Kits
CASSETTE KIT 1308 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

On Order



This story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl, based on the author's own experiences, is a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the home. Full color.

Author Notes

Rose Lewis has a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University. An accomplished still photographer and an award-winning producer for WCVB-TV in Boston, she lives with her daughter in Massachusetts.
Jane Dyer is the illustrator of her own anthology, Animal Crackers ; Time For Bed , by Mem Fox; Child of Faerie, Child of Earth , by Jane Yolen; Here Is My Heart: Love Poems , selected by William Jay Smith; and Blue Moon Soup: A Family Cookbook , with reciped by Gary Goss. Jane Dyer lives in Massachusetts.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This faithful adaptation of Rose Lewis's picture book (Little, 2000) conveys all the on-mother's-knee warmth of the book. The story, told as a mother talking to her adopted daughter, describes the adoption, skipping over the legal aspects and heading straight for the mother-child bonding that follows. Actress Mia Farrow narrates the tale in a gentle, measured tone that perfectly meshes with the text. The video scans Jane Dyer's tender watercolors, rightly focusing on the expressive faces of the characters. Spot animation is used to great effect, for clouds moving in the sky, airplanes on their way to and from China, and a tear falling down the baby's cheek. Upbeat but soft background music with an Oriental feel reinforces the warm mood. This sweet love letter from mother to child receives excellent treatment in video format, though the adult point of view and specific subject matter may unfortunately narrow its audience.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. The title sounds sweet, but this autobiographical story of a woman journalist's trip to China to adopt a baby girl seems less fictional sentiment than reportage. In a gentle manner just right for a picture-book audience, Lewis first explains China's current adoption and placement policies for baby girls. She then goes on to write about one special Chinese baby girl who had everything but a mother, and one American woman who had everything but a baby. "How did someone make this perfect match a world away?" the mother wonders as she looks at the child. The birth mother is not forgotten--at book's end, the adoptive mother cries for her, wanting her to know that her child is safe and happy. It's the joyful wonderment of a mother's seeing her new child, however, that leaves the greatest impact. With Dyer's soft watercolors underscoring the emotion, the book will be wonderful for lap sharing and a companion to Allen Say's Allison (1997). --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lewis's sweetly sentimental picture-book debut plays out like a love letter to her adopted Chinese daughter. As she recalls the events leading up to their first meeting ("I had been waiting for you my whole life")Äthe letters to foreign officials, the baby picture she received, the flight to China with other excited soon-to-be parentsÄand describes their joyous homecoming, she taps into a well of genuine emotion, not surprisingly, since her account is based on her own experience. Like Jamie Lee Curtis's Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, the book offers abundant reassurances of love to adopted children, even if at times it seems more concerned with the feelings of the adult narrator than with those of the child ("How did someone make this perfect match a world away? Did the Chinese people have a special window to my soul?"). Dyer's (When Mama Comes Home Tonight) watercolors are almost meltingly tender. Whether depicting an airplane soaring against a star-spangled night sky, a round-cheeked child enthralled with a room full of toys or an embrace shared by the newly bonded mother and child, the clear, bright colors and clean lines of her portraits are immensely appealing. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-An engaging story about a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby girl, written as though it were being told to the child. Lewis relays her own experiences, fast-forwarding through the paperwork process to focus on the interactions leading to emotional attachment. From first photographs and tears to home visitors and lullabies, one can't help but become fond of the new parent and child. Dyer's simple watercolor layouts with expressive characters make this a calming read, befitting the gentle affection in the text. The final page illustrates the Chinese character for "love."-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.