Only You by Rosemary Wells

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With tender illustrations and prose as warm as a parent's embrace, this love poem from a baby bear to his mother celebrates the intimate bond between young children and parents everywhere. Whether playing together, reading together, or snuggling close in a favorite chair, this baby bear and his mama love to spend lots of time with just each other. Their devoted relationship points to the simple activities that hold vast importance in a growing child's world, and makes clear the essential role that only a loving parent can play in helping a child develop.

In this special partnership with the early childhood organization Jumpstart, esteemed children's book author and illustrator Rosemary Wells has created a book that no parent should be without.
 

About Rosemary Wells

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Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of several dozen books for children and young adults, was born in 1943 in New York City. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Wells began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing. Her first work, which she both wrote and illustrated, was Martha's Birthday, published in 1970. Her first work for young adults was The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, published in 1972. Wells is perhaps most famous for the Max series, beginning with Max's First Word, published by Dial in 1979. Although the primary audience for the series is very young children, the books appeal to the senses of humor of even small children. Wells says that the inspiration for these stories is her own children. Wells is the recipient of numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Pie award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles. Rosemary Wells is married to Thomas Moore Wells, an architect. The couple has two daughters.
 
Published March 31, 2003 by Viking Juvenile. 24 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this brief but instructive picture book (produced in partnership with Jumpstart, an early-education organization), Max and Ruby creator Wells once again demonstrates her talent for simple storie

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the book's pastel block-patterned borders, softly framing the illustrations, and the mother bear's warm, solid bulk underscore the reassuring tone.

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According to PW's review of the book's original edition, it ""successfully models parent-child interactions with a loving message to attract readers young and old."" Now this gentle tale can be used as a beginning language resource as well.

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