By Mamoru Suzuki
You Belong to Me is a heartwarming story of the unconditional love that parents (both human as well as parents from the animal kingdom) have for their children. The simple text of love, caring and protection is accompanied by adorable illustrations of animals and dinosaurs that hug, help, and protect a human child. The comforting text is perfect for a soothing bedtime story:
I love you so much.
I care about you the most in the world.
I’m with you in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening.
I’ll protect you all the time.
I’ll go anywhere with you.
And so on.
The repetition of the sweet, reassuring messages will calm your child as you lull them to sleep, and will leave a smile on your face and warm your heart as well.
This beautiful book is a perfect gift for parents with a newborn baby.
About the Author
Born in 1952, Mamoru Takahashi’s first published work as a picture-book artist was Boku no okina ki (My Big Tree), with a story by Masao Tsurumi in 1980. After moving to the Izu Peninsula in 1986, he became fascinated by the various forms of birds’ nests, and began studying and collecting them. He has published many picture books and articles relating to nests. In 2006 he received the Kodansha Award for Picture Books for Boku no tori no su enikki (My Illustrated Diary of Birds’ Nests).
“The love language in Mamoru Suzuki’s You Belong to Me is direct and affecting in this way, and even briefly humorous . . . Moving from the loving individual to the protective group, mongooses and porcupines (and even a Tyrannosaurus rex) vow to provide love and care in this peaceful exercise for children up to the age of 3.”
—Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal
32 pages, 8 1/4 x 8