My Love for You Is Always

Philomel. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780593203071.
Toddler-PreS–In the vein of such familiar titles as Guess How Much I Love You and Mama, Do You Love Me?, Sze creates a warm, tender look at love from a small Asian boy’s perspective. The boy peppers his mother with questions about love as she prepares dinner. How does one sense and experience love? The mother, noting that love feels a little different for every person, offers answers that are full of her favorite things. With many food references, this story is a timeless tale of a mother’s infinite love, which takes many forms. Through Lee’s stunning colored pencil and gouache illustrations, simultaneously detailed and serene, readers witness the loving bond of mother and child surrounded by food, dragons, fish, and their adorable dog. The simple, comforting text will be most effective as a read-aloud between caretaker and child.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for public libraries and those serving young children. Asian culture and food references add a layer of depth to this story, providing a fresh version of a time-honored conversation.

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