I’ll Love You Forever by Owen Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: September 1st, 2017
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Recommended Age: 3+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Poetry, Love
Polar Bear and Cub explore the beauty of their home in the Arctic as the seasons change. Throughout the journey, Polar Bear reassures Cub that no matter what changes occur in nature-snow falling in winter, flowers blooming in spring, air warming in summer, and leaves changing color in fall-the loving bond between them will never be broken.
Unlike the picture books I read recently, this is not actually a story.
It’s lovely and it’s poetic, but there is no storyline. It’s about the love of a bear for its cub as the seasons pass which, of course, can translate as the unconditional love of a mother or father for her or his child.
Though I was given the vibe that this was a mama bear with her cub, I could definitely see any parent reading this with their child. Not only that, but if my mom had enjoyed picture books, I would definitely have thought about gifting this to her for her birthday.
It’s very cute, that’s undeniable. I think we should have a few picture books like this one, even if it does not tell a story, because the theme of love is beautiful and explicit – no need to think it through. The book is saying: between you and me, child, there is and will always be unconditional love.
But because I prefer to read books with actual plots, and because I was not warned by the summary that instead of prose it would contain short poetic rhymes, I have to give it three stars. It’s lovely, but nothing exceptional. Truth be told, I would have liked it much more if the bear and cub had faced some kind of challenge or obstacle for the theme of love to come out less explicitly.
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