Review By CAROLYN M. MULLIN
Artist Ann James charmingly captures the sweet interactions between a pig-tailed toddler and her canine best friend in David Bedford’s The Way I Love You. The honesty of the young protagonist warms a reader’s heart as she declares her genuine affection for her friend in this flowing valentine:
“I love…the way you tell me things, the way you jump so high, the way you smile your smile. That’s the way I love you.
I love…the way you understand, the way you show me how, the way we are right now. That’s the way I love you.”
James depicts the closely-bonded duo through charcoal and pastel watercolors as they bask in the joys of everyday life: tea parties, sharing treats, coloring, reading, and playing games. This will resonate and reflect the experiences of many families who have a canine companion.
A great selection for young animal lovers and beginning readers.