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If I Could: A Mother's Promise

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"If I could, I’d swim the deep
in search of treasures for you to keep."

From the first rays of the morning sun to the last nod of a tiny head at bedtime, a toddler and mother share a blissfully ordinary day. But there is nothing ordinary about the love between them — a love that is as bright as flowers, as lovely as a song, as comforting as stars, and as deep as the ocean.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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Awwwww...! Such a sweet, loving and cozy book.
Apr 13, 2009 Shauna rated it it was amazing
I love sappy I love you books. I got this one for myself to read on Mother's Day. I read it tonight at the bookstore (my after adult ballet treat! No kids at the bookstore!) The books tells all the wonderful things this mother would do "if (she) could". Then it ends with a sweet, "I'd love you more, if I could."
Oct 16, 2008 Kim marked it as to-read
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I just got my Chinaberry I wanted to add all the books that they say are the BEST! Love me some Chinaberry and do you know why???? They write a paragraph or more about each book and why they loved it. I have never gotten one of the books that they have suggested and been disappointed. Off to the library tomorrow!
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Sep 09, 2011 Abbi Kraus rated it liked it
This book shows a strong bond between a mother and her child. It might be a good way to give children ideas for writing a personal narrative about a family member. It could also be a conversation starter about family and bonds between people.
This would be classified with the "Guess How Much I Love You" and "I'll Love You Forever" books. Only it's even simpler in text. Sweet illustrations (my favorite part of the book). Short, simple message. More of a lap-read with your child than in a group storytime.
Apr 19, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it
This book shows the love between a mother and her child. I really enjoyed reading it and it will give you warm feelings when you do. I think books that exhibit caring and love are good influences on children.
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An I love you book- ends with "i couldn't love you more than i do" then next page, "but if i could, i would."
Jul 15, 2008 Mvd rated it it was amazing
This is a book which I had bought for my mother. It is by my favorite illustrator. He has also illustrated the Redwall series.
Apr 09, 2009 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Very sweet story of the bond between a mother racoon and her baby. Good illustrations and lovely writing. Great choice for Mother's Day.
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