Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Catherine, the writer behind the blog, “Story Snug” with us today as a guest reviewer. Catherine is here to share her review of “You’re All My Favorites” by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram.
You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Review by Catherine from Story Snug
You’re All My Favorites is a beautiful book from the author / illustrator team, Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, who also created Guess How Much I Love You.
Every night before bed Mummy and Daddy tell their three little bears ‘You are the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world’. After a while each bear starts to wonder and worry if his/her siblings are better than they are and who Mummy and Daddy’s favourite is. Daddy reassures each little bear and they go to sleep happy with the answers that he has given them.
All children have at some point wondered and worried about whether their parents love their sibling more than them and You’re All My Favorites portrays a familiar situation in a very comforting way. Each little bear has his/her own reason for feeling insecure, one has patches, one wonders if parents love boys more than the girls and maybe one bear is just too little? Daddy reassures each one that ‘you’re all my favourites’ before tucking them into bed. If you have children who are struggling with sibling rivalry this is a great book to read to them as the differences between the siblings in the story are acknowledged in a reassuring, positive and comforting way.
Anita Jeram’s beautiful illustrations complement Sam McBratney’s easy to read text. Her use of natural colours on a cream background are as soothing as the green text and it’s easy to differentiate between the three little bears, one is grey, one is brown and one is yellow. Mummy and Daddy’s love for their children is comfortingly portrayed in the illustrations including the way that they watch over the bears while they sleep, the concentration on Daddy’s face when he listens to a little bear and the reassuring hugs that he gives. The little bears’ confusions are portrayed against the background of a bear’s everyday activities, e.g. fishing in the river and picking berries, so the story also gives scope for discussion about bears, their natural habitats and their daily routines.
I would recommend You’re All My Favorites for children aged from 2 upwards, it’s also published as a board book. It’s a beautifully illustrated, gentle story that is perfect for bedtime and great for giving reassurance to insecure little bears everywhere. It would also be a beautiful book to give a child on the birth of a new brother or sister.
We also love Guess How Much I Love You which celebrates its 21st birthday this year. First published by Walker Books in the UK in 1994 it was then published by Candlewick Press in the USA in 1995. Guess How Much I Love You has been printed in many formats and a wide range of merchandise featuring Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare is also available. Like many parents I often quote Big Nutbrown Hare to my daughter, ‘I love you right up to the moon – and back’. Guess How Much I Love You was one of the first board books that we bought for our daughter, our copy is well loved and a bit battered! We also have a copy of Guess How Much I Love You written in our local Schwabisch dialect.
Visit the “Guess How Much I Love You” website!
Catherine lives in Germany and created Story Snug as a resource for expats who don’t have opportunities to browse for English books in bookshops. She only recommends books, old and new, that her family love and her seven year old daughter is very involved in choosing the books that Story Snug features.
Catherine is a primary school teacher and is a huge fan of using books to stimulate and develop learning, many of her posts also include crafts and other learning activities related to a particular book. As a parent of a bilingual child she tries where possible to include translated versions of the books that Story Snug recommends. Catherine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and enjoys writing her own picture books.