Saturday, June 1, 2013


As the mother of an only child (now grown) I never had to answer the question that surfaces among siblings about who is the favorite child.  If faced with that question I would have been very relieved to have had this delightful book on my parenting bookshelf, You're All My Favorites by Sam McBratney.  When mama and papa bear tuck their cubs into bed they tell them, "You are the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world." But one day each baby bear begins to wonder if they are as special as the other two.  After all, two have patches and one does not and maybe mommy likes patches best. Two were boys and one was a girl and maybe daddy likes boy bears more then girls. And the littlest wondered if he was as likeable as the bigger bears. So the three gang up on daddy one night and ask the inevitable question, "Who is your favorite?"  These wise, tender, grown up bears will win you over as surely as they did their three bear cubs. Their answers are honest and convincing, highlighting each of the cubs unique and special qualities. The language is kind and sweet and perfect.  Anita Jeram's illustrations will make you smile and warm your heart.  Share it with your parenting partner. Share it with your kids.  Share it even if you have an only child.

Miss Julie

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