"You Belong to Me"
Words and Illustration by Mamoru Suzuki
Translation by Mariko Shii Gharbi
Museyon, 32 pages, $12.99 (2016/08)
I love you so much.
You are my favorite person
in the whole world.
I could spend all day with you.
I'll always protect you.
The simple text of love, caring and protection is accompanied
by adorable illustrations of animals and dinosaurs that hug,
help, and protect a human child. The comforting text is ideal
for a soothing bedtime story. This beautiful book is a perfect
gift for parents with a newborn baby.
One of the pleasures of reading aloud a certain tender
type of baby book is that in doing so we literally speak
words of love to the infant in our care. Phrases that will
become routine, let’s hope, such as the stalwart
“I love you,” are still new to the infant’s ears and still
incredible for the parent or grandparent to say.
The love language in Mamoru Suzuki’s “You Belong to Me”
is direct and affecting in this way, and even briefly humorous.
Each illustration depicts a tiny child being snuggled,
petted or carried by a colossal animal.
“You are my favorite person in the whole world,” a kangaroo
seems to be saying to the merry-eyed child in her pouch.
“I’ll hug you when you are sad,” a huge polar bear assures
the toddler in his arms. Moving from the loving individual
to the protective group, mongooses and porcupines (and
even a Tyrannosaurus rex) vow to provide love and care
in this peaceful exercise for children up to the age of 3.
(Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal)
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