Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Always: Book review and Giveaway!

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This very evening Terry was faced with the question, "Do you love me?" from Caleb. Caleb had taken a bite of Madelyn's finger in the bathtub because he was upset with her. Terry was giving them a bath, and when Caleb did this, he was immediately taken out. He knew that he upset his Dad~extremely. So, of coarse his security was feeling threatened...with that, he asked his dad. This question is asked by a lot of children, and if it isn't asked, it is thought of by most children~ if not all children.

The book Always is a great book to read to your young children. This book is about a little boy who asks the "do you love me when..." questions. The Mom reassures him that she loves him no matter what~ Always! Caleb and I love reading this book together. We comment on some of the things that the little boy has done. Caleb says, "Oh-oh, that isn't very nice." I let him know, that his mom still loves him. We also talk about how his dad and I love him no matter what. Great book!!
About the Author & Illustrator:
Ann Stott is a children's book designer. She says that this book, her first, was inspired by questions her own son has asked her. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Matt Phelan has worked in the film industry and illustrated a number of books for children, including the Newbery Medal winner THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, THE SEVEN WONDERS OF SASSAFRAS SPRINGS, and THE NEW GIRL . . . AND ME. He lives in Philadelphia.
The suggested retail price is $15.99 and this book is geared toward children between the ages of 2-5. Candlewick Press sells many great books!
Would you like to win a copy of this great new book?
This contest is open to all readers living in the Continental United States. To enter the contest, tell me if you ever had to answer this question, and what your response was. OR, did you ask this question when you were little? Tell me about it in the comments. Click here to see how you can earn extra credits to win, and click here to see guidelines and the official rules. Contest will end on September 29th, at 7:00 PM CST.

83 comments:

reb said...

Yes, I think all kids ask this at some time and of course, i said yes!!

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dwarzel said...

I agree; this is part of growing up, testing this bond. And, always, "yes."

Alicia Webster said...

Yes, I asked my mom this question often. She'd sigh, and say "Of course I do..." She was unconvincing, and I was always left wondering, "Well, if you love me so much, then how come you never say it to me first?"
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Maja said...

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Yes and the answer was yes.

Lisa said...

I think I did most of the asking...and the answer was "of course!"

Sandy said...

yes I have been asked- by my kids yes to them by others growing up nope

gkstratos said...

My kids ask me (and each other) all the time .... of course the answer is always yes.
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agordon10 said...

I Always answer that question

mverno said...

yes many times to my husband

kygirl said...

Yes of course.

vboackle said...

nope,

vmkids said...

My kids know that a huge hug is coming when they ask so we always ask.

Rebecca said...

I don't recall ever having asked or been asked that question. I have been asked if I will love them forever, because of another book though.

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janetfaye said...

Yes I have been asked that by my children and I always answered yes!
I don't remember asking my mom.

Thank you!

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janetfaye said...

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sweetsue said...

When my daughter was little she needed constant reasurance-she asked me this question all the time. My answer was always yes with a big hug!

silverbele said...

I ask my husband when I need a little reassurance.

Bebemiqui said...

I don't remember asking it, but I'm sure I did.
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idahomom said...

My kids have never asked but of course they are not teenagers yets.

jceko77 said...

My daughter asks if I still love her when she has been bad, and I tell her of couse, and then I read her the book, "i Will Love You for Always"
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piece of me said...

I would always ask my mom this after I got in trouble and she would always try to keep a straight face and say "yes" but then she would turn around and smile. :)
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kristilb19 said...

My son has asked me and I said more than anything! It's because I'm pregnant and he's nearly 5 and an only child so I think the attention thing ya know

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Sharon said...

yes, many times, when the kids were younger

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tatertot374 said...

thank you for having this! My daughter has asked me this recently. I of course answered YES! :) Thank you!
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Genevieve P said...

I don't think any of mine have ever asked that yet... and I don't remember asking my mom, either.

groovyteach said...

my sister asked my mom, will you love me if i run away? my mom said yes and my sister said, "good to know." lol

Kimberly said...

My kids have never asked me "Do you love me" but they do make comments about how we love one over the other (which is not true!). I remind them of all the things we do for them each and every day that proves how very much we love them.

I love books like this. I think all children should read these books about how much they are loved.

Thank you for the giveaway!

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CanCan said...

My son is almost 4 and has never asked me if I love him. I try to tell him every day that I love him, and especially when I have just had to get on to him for something.

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Jenny said...

When I was little and my mom would yell and send me to my room, I'd sit in the floor and cry "Nooooobody loooooves meeeee!" My mom ignored me because she thought I was just whining, but my dad has a softer heart and would come ask "What makes you say that?"

My daughter is too young to have done this or even asked about it, but I'd like to think that when she is sitting in her bedroom floor screaming that I will at least go up and holler "I love you" through the door. LOL.


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Wehaf said...

I did some asking when I was a kid; I was always relieved to hear the answer! I think my parents did a good job of explaining that they could be upset with me, but that didn't mean they didn't love me!

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Madeline said...

My baby isn't quite up to the task of asking such questions just yet. But I certainly asked it, and my parents answer was a bit "Yes!"

windycindy said...

What a gorgeous children's book! Books rule in our home. My husband has asked me this question more than anyone has asked me this question. I am sure I have asked him, also. It is those moments when insecurity takes over. We have two adorable sons and I really think that if they ever asked me, they had to be very, very young.
Maybe, I told them all of the time. I still do. Please enter me in your book drawing. I really appreciate it! Thanks, Cindi
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Kristan said...

my girls can't talk yet, so i'm spared for now. :) i ask my husband all the time...and they do tend to take after me.
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Shelley, aka Diaper Bag Diarist said...

I haven't had to answer this question yet. I don't remember asking when I was little either! But this sounds like a great book.

laura said...

I definitely asked my mom, dont recall asking my dad. And her answer was yes or 'of course', although it was usually asked when I'd done something wrong, so she still looked stern. But she was reassuring, and when needed, always did a follow-up to let me know she loved me. I call her 'super mom'. laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

Terri Fisher said...

My toddler will want to be reassured of my love after he does something naughty...and of course I tell him that I love HIM, not what he does or doesn't do. This looks like a cute book!

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Julie D said...

My 5 year old (Daughter) told me one time that she thought I didn't love her when I disciplined her. I hugged her and explained that if I didn't love her, I wouldn't care if she did things that could hurt her.

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Tamara said...

My 21 year old son stills doesn't say he loves me when I say it to him and I always ask him that question. Makes me always wonder if I was a good mother to him.

lace said...

I've recently had to answer this question with my niece. She had did something, I can't remember now but I told her I'd always love her. While lying in bed we went through all the bad things she thought of and I told her I don't like those things but I would never stop loving her.

karen and co. said...

My toddler isn't old enough to ask this yet, but I find myself reassuring him all the time anyway. Whenever he gets told no in a really stern voice, he'll start to cry and want to be cuddled. I always remind him that Mommy and Daddy love him and the reason we tell him no is so that we can keep him safe so he can always be with us.

Nadia said...

My little boy has asked me many times and my answer of course is always "yes".
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Kari said...

I honestly don't recall my kids ever asking me this. I tell them a gazillion times a day though, maybe that's why? I do ask my husband though :D

Shannon said...

Tristan doesn't talk yet but if he ever does as me this question I will respond probably with tears in my eyes and looking him straight in his eyes and holding him, tell him just how VERY much I love him, how we fought for him as he laid in the NICU for 5 months and he is a blessing from God.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter often says, "I love you mommy." That's her way of asking, because she expects me to answer (and I always do), "I love you, too. Mommy loves you very much."

mom2bears said...

When my daughter was born, my son was concerned that there wouldn't be enough love for him. I made sure to tell him often and give him reassurance that I would always love him NO MATTER WHAT. aewalls425@hotmail.com

Kasey P said...

My oldest son had a hard time when his father and I separated. He asked me that one day because he was thinking that if his father and I weren't together anymore then I might not love him. Of course I answered yes and it brought tears to my eyes. I think it's hard for children to go through a divorce because somehow they think they might be the cause which certainly wasn't the case, but he didn't quite understand that at the time.
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Sara G said...

My girls haven't asked me yet, but I am sure they will. I would always say to my mom "you hate me" or "you don't love me" and she'd try and tell me she did, but I was a bit of a little brat, so I bet it was hard for her! germandarius{at}gmail{dot}com

justicecw said...

When my son gets in trouble he will sometimes say mom you don't love me anymore? I always say of course I will always love you! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Karen said...

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Theresa N. said...

Not yet, but I know it'll come up some day.
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Amy said...

My 4 year old asks me if I love him at least once a day (even though I tell him I love him about 50 times a day)
I always tell him YES, I love you to the moon and back.
I think he just likes to hear me say that.

THis is THE BEST BOOK ever!

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Molly C. said...

We have our own version of how much do I love you. We say Up to the moon and down to the dirt. lol

theamira said...

Yes, my daughter occasionally asked when she was small and I always replied that there was nothing she could do to make me not love her.

Aisling said...

I think all kids ask this question. Of course, even if they don't ask, their parents should be telling them "I love you always."

jemmmers74 said...

My daughter asks me when she is in trouble. I tell her, I always love, sometimes, I don't like what you have done, but I always love you.

blueviolet said...

I think all kids ask this and I always answer. Yes, I love you for forever and always.
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Patti Sherman said...

When my son was little and asked "do you love me?', I always answered "high as the sky and big as an apple pie!" Now I tell his son the same
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calgirl said...

I asked that question to my parents because I was a girl and I wasn't able to do some of the things my brothers could do such as gardening or working with dad in the garage.

Becky said...

When my boys were going through the very tough teenage years I would always tell them that I love them with all of my heart but I didn't always love some of the decisions they made (this was when they had done something serious).

Now that I have grandchildren I tell them the same thing my parents told my kids "I love you to the moon and back". To hear them say that phrase back to me always makes me a little misty eyed.

Thanks for the contest.

yellowlabs said...

I always said "yes".

Brenda S. said...

I think I did most of the asking...and the answer was "of course!"

Thanks!!!

judybrittle said...

I was always asking my mom growing up and of course she always said yes. My kids seemed to ask me if I loved them the best. I would just say I love you all.

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Brooke said...

My dad was really strict and kinda mean, so when I was younger I never would have asked him that question because I was afraid of what he could have said. I pride myself on how different I am as a parent.

Anonymous said...

After 33 years with my husband, I just love him more. But he still asks daily.

purango said...

My daughter asks if we love her. We always say yes and show her how much we do by our actions.

kaylee8 said...

I get asked that by my kids usually followed by a request for something they want! *L* They know I love them, but they know how to use it as well!

tarahsrecipes said...

I would ask my parents when I was younger if they liked me after I had done something wrong. They would always say

"No....I love you."

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Anonymous said...

I was afraid to ask. My own kids never have to ask because I tell them I love them so often. They do say that I love one of the other children more than them.
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klp1965 said...

my hub asks me that all the time hey just because i call you a dumbass doesnt mean i dont love ya ;)

masonsgranny59 said...

I think all kids ask this question off and on.ty 4 the contest:)

lilyk said...

I never asked that question.

fancyfeet48 said...

my answer was always yes