I Love You, Little One

by Nancy Tafuri, Illustrated By Nancy Tafuri

Scholastic Press
February 2000

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 96030791

Lexile measure: AD430L

DRA: 16

Guided Reading: J



Now Nancy Tafuri's best-selling celebration of love, I Love You, Little One, is available in a sturdy board book edition.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, six different animal mothers reassure their little ones of the many ways they are loved. Mama Bear loves the little bear "as the mountain loves you, sturdy and safe around you, giving you shelter from snow and rain." Mama Owl loves her little one "as the oak tree loves you, tall and strong beside you, giving you the world to see all around." And deep in the woods in a log-built house, a little child hears the special way he (or she) is loved: "I love you as the stars love you, constant and bright above you, giving you joy and peace and wonder, forever and ever and always."
Nancy Tafuri's lyrical text is perfectly complemented by her intimate, endearing artwork, which captures all the tenderness of the love between a parent and child. The large-size trim and close-up illustrations invite parents and their favorite little ones to snuggle up and share together the wonderful feelings of this book.
Nancy Tafuri

Nancy Tafuri has been illustrating books for children since the late 1970s. Whether providing pictures for other authors, such as Charlotte Pomerantz and Mirra Ginsburg, or creating her own works, she is praised by critics for her simple yet imaginative art. If I Had a Paka: Poems in Eleven Languages, which Tafuri illustrated for Pomerantz, was selected as a Jane Addams honor book; Tafuri's own Have You Seen My Duckling? was a Caldecott Honor Book.

Tafuri was born on November 14, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York. For the first ten years of her life she was an only child and says that this helped her learn to entertain herself with stories and art.

Tafuri entered the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1964. Her first job was as an assistant art director for the publishing firm Simon & Schuster. She left two years later and married Thomas Tafuri, a fellow student at the School of Visual Arts.


  • Reviews for I Love You, Little One hardcover:

    Booklist: "Tafuri has created a rockabye picture book that sings. ... In the realm of bedtime cozies, this one stands out for its simplicity without mawkishness and the purity of its rhythms."

    School Library Journal: "The lyrical text is spare and patterned, and the repeated phrases invite participation. ... The colors are muted as befits the quiet story, and the many strokes depicting animal feathers and fur are striking. ... Perfect for bedtime sharing."

    Publisher's Weekly: "A soothing and sturdy choice."

    Horn Book: "Reassuring ... endearing."


Board book

Board Book

ISBN: 9780439137461

16pp. | 7 x 5-13/16