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I Love You the Purplest [Hardcover]

Barbara M. Joosse , Mary Whyte
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Sept. 30 1996
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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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every mom should read this to their children! July 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is the perfect gift to give to a new big brother or sister. I bought it when we had our second baby, and it has the perfect message. My children love this book as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it 100 stars? Feb. 7 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! What a great message! The kids love it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Answer to An Oft Asked Question Jan. 26 2004
Format:Hardcover
My children ask this regularly, especially my six-year-old Emma.
"Who do you love the best?"
She wants so badly to be loved "the best".
Through Joosse's book, I learned an incredible new way to express how I love her "the purplest" or the "chocolatiest" or "the bell ringingest".....
By using a more descriptive word than "Best", the Mother in this book speaks to what is real and true about her sons Max and Julian so that they are each more than "just satisfied" with being loved the best.....
She uses colors to describe her love for each of her boys after she has described other possibly conflict, competitive situations by being more specific with what is special instead of labeling or judging one above the other.
More adults ought to read this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Answer to a Common-Heartful Question Jan. 24 2004
Format:Hardcover
My children ask this regularly, especially my six-year-old Emma.
She wants so badly to be loved "the best".
Through Joosse's book, I learned an incredible new way to express how I love her "the purplest" or the "chocolatiest" or "the bell ringingest".....
By using a more descriptive word than "Best", the Mother in this book speaks to what is real and true about her sons Max and Julian so that they are each more than "just satisfied" with being loved the best.....
She uses colors to describe her love for each of her boys after she has described other possibly conflict, competitive situations by being more specific with what is special instead of labeling or judging one above the other.
More adults ought to read this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for siblings Dec 12 2003
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Format:Hardcover
My daughter (2.5 yrs) received this as a gift when my son was born and LOVES it. We read it together everyday (by her request) and it has become a standard gift whenever a friend has a second child... The characters compete, but the message is that there is no competition for Mom's love - she loves them both 'the best' because they are such individuals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book March 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is about a mama and her two sons: Max and Julian who are always in competition with each other. One night they decide to go dig up worms and go fishing.
Max and Julian are asking their mother who has the most worms and she replies Max has the liveliest and Julian has the juiciest. Next they row there boat out to prepare for fishing. Julian asks who is the best rower, and she responds Julian has the deepest strokes and Maxï¿s were the fastest. The mother loves each of her children in a special and unique way. She tells each of them that her love for them resembles a color. She tells Max that she loves him the bluest like the mist of a mountain, splash of a waterfall, and the hush of a whisper. She tells Julian that she loves him the reddest like the color of the sky, and the campfireï¿s flame. I think she had a unique way of explaining to the boys how she loved them. The way she told them resembled their personalities to her. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it because it has an interesting point and is written in a way that the boys can understand. The ways she expresses her love can be very easily understood by the children. ~ Katelyn Carson
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By Gatzpup
Format:Hardcover
I finally found a book about a mother with two boys! I mentioned to my sister-in-law how competitive my boys are for my praise and love. She suggested I buy this book. I bought it from Amazon and think it is wonderful. To be honest, I really bought the book for myself, as a reminder and example of how to bring out the best in each of my children. I have already thought of which of my boys will be "blue" and which will be "red"! They think the book is a great read, but I can't wait to save it for them for when they get older and can appreciate the meaning even more!
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Format:Hardcover
This is the kind of book you want to own. Know what I mean? So you can pull it out and revel in it whenever the mood strikes. It would make a great gift to parents expecting their second child. My four-year-old is not very into it. It's too metaphorical for his concrete thinking. I see this book as being more for older children, and above all, for parents. What a gentle and beautiful reminder about how to show your children that you love each of them uniquely.
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