I Love You, Little One

Deep in the woods by the sandy riverbank, a little deer asks, "Do you love me, Mama?"

And Mama Deer says, "Yes, little one, I love you as the river loves you, full and singing before you, giving you cool water to drink. I love you as the river loves you, forever and ever and always."

In this tender bedtime book, seven young creatures ask in turn a single, important question: “Do you love me, Mama?” The answer in each case is the same: “forever and ever and always,” but it is preceded by different, lyrical similes....As the characters speak, the pictures quietly show the progression of the sun and moon to indicate the passage of time from midmorning to evening. The book’s oversized pages seem to enfold the reader like a hug, and the full-bleed watercolor-and-ink illustrations are sumptuously yet tidily rendered, bringing to life the lushness of the woodland setting while maintaining a comforting sense of order.... A soothing and sturdy choice.
— Publishers Weekly