I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1993)

Summary: Here is the book that Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy, Tonto would have given the Lone Ranger, Romeo would have given Juliet, and you can give to some very special friend.

This was a complimentary book, meaning I was sent it but hadn’t requested it. It’s s a cute idea. The book cover folds over the rest of the pages and sticks to the back cover with a little sticker that says Send a Story and the back cover has a FROM and a TO area to write an address and a spot for a stamp so you can actually address the book and mail it directly, without an envelope.

The pages of the book are a yellow colour and the illustrations are all in black, they are not in colour. The story is cute, talking all about what good friends you (and the person you send it to) are. But what they say is more for a friendship that’s been many years long and you were friends as children. In fact it sounds like and shows from one child to another.

Here are some excerpts:

“I like you because
When I tell you something special
You know it’s special
And you remember it
A long long time”

“If I pretend I am drowning
You pretend you are saving me”

“If I break my arm and
If you break your arm too
Then it is fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine
You tell me about yours
We are both sorry”

I think it’s a great idea but I can’t think of anyone to give it to as I’m not really close with my childhood friends and my new friends I’ve only known a year or so. It seems more like a book for an older child to give to another child but then they wouldn’t appreciate it. It’s not really for me but perhaps it’s perfect for you.

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