Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- Will You Still Love Me? by Carol Roth (Review)

Will You Still Love Me? -  Board Book 

Author: Carol Roth
Illustrator: Daniel Howarth
Boardbook ISBN: 9780807591161
Published 2011

Age Levels: 1-4, Grades: Preschool-Preschool
Pages: 16
8.00" x 8.00"
Illustrations: Full color


Every child is anxious about the arrival of a new brother or sister. In Carol Roth's sweet, comforting story, various animal mothers--and one human one--reassure their little ones that love has no limits, and they will be loved as much as before.

My Thoughts:

Are you expecting a new baby soon and already have children in the home?  Then, this board book will help calm some of their worries.  I know as it helped Savannah when we brought Arabella home.  Even though I shared this book with Savannah last month when Arabella was 9 months, it still helped, as Savannah is not getting to the point where she realizes Arabella isn't going anywhere, and that she is more mobile and getting into "Savannah's stuff."  

We noticed these past few months that Savannah has gotten more clingy than usually, and every time we would direct our attention to Arabella, Savannah would stop what she was doing and jump into our laughs or have a tantrum.  It didn't take long to realize she was getting jealous of Arabella and wondered if we still loved her as much, if not more, now that Arabella was here. 

This board book, which is beautifully illustrated reaffirms to children that even though a new baby is coming home (or in our case has been here 9 months), that Mommy and Daddy still love you.  After reading this book to Savannah the first time, I sat with her and talked about how we loved her very much and how lucky she was to have a little sister, who will soon be walking and talking and playing with.  Because she is only 2, we didn't go into great detail about new siblings, etc., but just filled her face with kissed and gave her a great big hug. :-)  She then, crawled off my lap and walked over to her little sister and gave her a great big hug and kiss and said, "Love Sissa." 

Now, we read this book at least once a week when we notice Savannah showing signs of jealousy or feeling left, and it helps reaffirm our love for her and Arabella.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  the views above are mine and mine alone.

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