Love.  Love is a powerful emotion.  I thought I knew what love meant, that was until I had my oldest daughter.  I now truly understand the expression about loving so much that it hurts.  Recently we received three books from Candlewick Press in which the central theme was parental love:  “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney, “Faster, Faster” by Leslie Patricelli, and “Mitchell’s License” by Hallie Durand.


All three of these stories have a touching storyline and are beautifully illustrated.  I had read “Guess How Much I Love You” in the past, but had forgotten how sweet it is.   When we are alone together, I will often try to tell my children how much I love them.  My ‘usual’ line is something like “I love you more than there are stars in the sky, words in the dictionary, and more than I can say.”  In this story, the parent and child are trying to show who loves the other the most.  After reading this book, my middle daughter has fallen into saying things like “Mommy.  I love you to DisneyWorld and back!”  (I think that is a pretty powerful amount of love!  You’d agree if you knew how much she LOVED going to Disney World last year.)


Faster, Faster” is an excellent book to remind parents how children see us.  The child is going for a piggy-back ride on his father while yelling “Faster! Faster!” to his dad.  The illustrations show how the childs imagination sees his dad as various animals of varying speeds.



Mitchell’s License” is another cute story between a father and son where the son does not want to go to bed.  Can you imagine?  The father allows Mitchell to ‘drive’ to bed on  his dad’s shoulders.  The first observation my husband made in reading this book was the attention to detail in the book.  On one page, the illustrator drew a baseball pitcher on a tv screen.  My baseball-fan husband realized that it had a strong likeness to Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

All of these books are an excellent read and would be great Father’s Day gifts for either your own dad, a dad-to-be, or the father to your children.




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This review was written by Angela for The Mama Report.



I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own. 


  1. Lori Fowler says

    I feel so blessed to read my children 4, dd and 10ds and 11 ds love to be read to and read. They just don’t like the scarey, bad dreams books. Love to try these books .. I am having knee surgery this next week so alot of reading will be done and shcool will be delayed a little bit. Thanks

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