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I love you just the same
Wolf, Erica.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Throughout the year, a little bear struggles to learn the things his mother teaches, but she reassures him of her love no matter what he does.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 73450.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A comforting story that explores the many milestones that come with growing up

" As the sun came up, Little Bear felt his mother's warm nose nudging him gently. 'Come, Little Bear, spring has arrived and it's time for us to leave the den.'"

Little Bear's mother is always there to show him what he needs to learn-how to chew crunchy grass, catch swishing fish, and dig deep for roots. But Little Bear is still small, and he can't do all of these big- bear things just yet. What is a little bear to do? Watch, and grow, and try his best. And no matter what, know that he will always be loved just the same.

In gentle words and stunning pictures, this universal story reassures children that in time they too will grow big and strong.

Author Notes

Erica Wolf is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied illustration. It was her affection for animals that inspired her to create I Love You Just the Same . Ms. Wolf currently resides in Voorhees, New Jersey. This is her first book for children.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Wolf's debut work explores the idea of a mother's unconditional love-with mixed results. Little Bear tries to negotiate his new, springtime world with the same skill as his mother. But whether it's catching fish in a rushing stream or digging for roots in a shadowy forest, he always falls short. "The most important thing is that you tried your best," Mother Bear tells him each time. "I still love you just the same." After another year's hibernation, however, it's a very different story: Little Bear has now mastered the skills with which he'd struggled. "I'm so proud of you, Little Bear," she says, giving her son a nuzzle. "And even though you're not so little anymore, I still love you just the same." Little Bear is never seen wondering or asking if his mother's affection is in jeopardy, however, and the repetition of the title turns grating (it begins to sound as if Mother Bear may be trying to contain frustrations or anxieties of her own about her offspring's aptitude). Wolf's acrylic pictures are somewhat more successful. Although she never quite captures the bears' lumbering grace-the curves of their hulking bodies feel too broad and the proportions seem out of balance-she captures the steady simplicity of their black eyes and, with countless tiny brushstrokes, she makes it seem as though the sunlight is dancing on their chocolate brown fur. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This is an endearing picture-book introduction to one year in a young cub's life, and a calming reminder of the constancy of parental love. Little Bear can't quite get the hang of what his mother is trying to teach him. Although he hasn't grasped fishing, munching on grass, and root digging, she gently and repeatedly reassures him: "The most important thing is that you tried your best. I still love you just the same." The lovely, naturalistic illustrations, done in acrylics, perfectly enhance the narrative in this springboard to nature discussions.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.