I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is truly one of my favorite picture books. I highly recommend it as a bedtime read aloud. The pictures are well done and evoke an impressionist style. The story is simple and can be shared with others at many different ages and stages of life. The essence of the story revolves around sibling rivalry and the relationship between a parent and their children. The author weaves a masterful glimpse of multi-leveled polarizing aspects. Warm colors vs cool colors. Older vs younger sibling……best vs second best. The Mom in the story navigates her way around the perpetual questions asked by her two children. While on a simple fishing trip, the two children ask her to declare: who collected the most worms, who rowed the best and who’s the best fisherman. Their day concludes as each child gets Mom alone and asks her to commit to her favorite (or best) child. This Mom is the best!!
She verbalizes the virtues of each child in the language of color. One boy is the red and one boy is the blue. Even though it is never stated in the book it sets up the perfect post-reading talking point …..Why is the book titled, I Love You the Purplest? I urge you to check this book out and then support good writing and purchase it!! An absolutely wonderful baby gift, especially from an Aunt or Uncle.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E JOOSSE)

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