I Love You the Purplest
I Love You the Purplest
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Annotation: Two boys discover that their mother loves them equally but in different ways.
Catalog Number: #4501426
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 1996
Edition Date: 1996
Illustrator: Whyte, Mary,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8118-0718-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-8118-0718-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 96005221
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The setting is idyllic as two brothers and their Mama go fishing in the lake near their cabin until stars sprinkle the sky and the water turns dark as night. Max is boisterous; Julian is quieter; and both of them are rivals for their mother's attention and her love. Who's the best fisherman? they ask. Who's the best rower? And at the end of the day, who does Mama love the best? Each time she answers them to show that she loves them both for their own special selves. Whyte's double-page-spread watercolors show the warm family scenes in a landscape filled with light and color. A soft, affectionate story to confront the hard edges of sibling rivalry. (Reviewed October 15, 1996)
Horn Book
Curry has carefully researched and sensitively retold tales from fourteen Native American nations. Attractive pencil drawings enhance the stories, which were originally told to explain physical phenomena and events and to teach lessons of discipline and self-respect. Included are brief notes on the Indian nations and source notes for the twenty-six tales.
Publishers Weekly
Further probing the theme of her Mama, Do You Love Me?, Joosse's resonant tale spotlights two young sons on a fishing expedition with their mother; each boy is angling to be tops with Mom. Clearly an experienced peacemaker, Mama offers just the right answers when the boys inquire which of them, for example, is the best rower: """"Why, Julian, you took the deepest strokes. And Max, your strokes were fastest."""" As she tucks them into bed that night, they each pose the ultimate question: """"Who do you love best?"""" She loves one the """"bluest,"""" the other the """"reddest""""; it is up to presiding adults to explain how these add up to the """"purplest."""" Though it hovers on the cloying, Joosse's image-laden narrative makes for a soothing bedtime read-aloud. Gracefully moving from naturalistic panoramas to close-ups of the cherubic-looking brothers, Whyte's (Boomer's Big Day) watercolors amplify the story's considerable emotional pitch. Combining lifelike images of the characters with abstract impressions of twilit skies or lakeside woods, the art encapsulates the lyricism of the text. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--Two young brothers head out with their mother in a rowboat for an evening of fishing. They ask her to tell them who is better at digging worms, rowing, and catching fish, and later, back in their cabin at bedtime, they ask whom she loves the best. With each answer the caring mother assures both boys that they are equally skilled and equally loved. "I love you the bluest" she tells thoughtful, methodical Julian, "the color of a cave...splash of a waterfall...hush of a whisper." To peripatetic, energetic Max, she says, "I love you the reddest...the color of sky before it blazes into night." The final double-page spread, illustrating their cabin at night, is awash with purples; and so, she loves both "the purplest." The text effectively conveys movement with vigorous verbs and uses expressive phrases. Clues to each boy's character and temperament are provided. The glowing double-page watercolors, rendered in greens, blues, golds, reds, and purples, evoke the night's activities. The striking use of light, particularly the lantern in the boat and the stars, creates interest as do the effective compositions and varied perspectives. Occasionally some of the figures are awkwardly painted, but this is a minor flaw. Like the author's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1991), this reassuring book, good for story time or one-to-one sharing, will encourage families to think of their own superlative expressions of love.--Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 627
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 21256 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q05587
Lexile: AD600L

Early in the evening two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best.
Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in the tender message that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart.

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