Beautiful book! Well written for 1 to 6 years old children. Emphasis is not on "bad." I believe that it is about letting your child know that he is always loved no matter what he is doing. Even when he is sad, angry, tired, clumsy, etc... Well written for children. Directing a child care facility for over 10 years, I recommend this book to parents.
This book was a fun take on counting and a story of a mothers love for her child. I liked how the words that were numbers were larger that the rest of the text and were a color. Doing this allowed for the emphasis to show the numbers as you are counting along in the book.
I must say that though the idea of this book is lovely, I don't like the suggestion that children are ever bad. If I had known there was that line in the book, I wouldn't have read it to my daughter at all. I realize it says that the child is still loved even when he/she is bad. But I would never use that word to describe my children at any time.
I came across this as I was looking for kids books for my brother. Since they are expecting twin girls any day now, I feel it's important to start a library for them while they are still in utero. I'm going to be that boring aunt that always buys them books. Poor kids!
P.K. Hallinan is the author and illustrator of more than 80 children's books, with over 7,500,000 copies sold worldwide. P.K. first began writing and illustrating 35 years ago when his wife asked him to create a picture book as a Christmas gift for their two young sons.