The love of a parent for a child is profoundly evident in Nancy Tillman’s “Because you’re mine”. Every page extols the love of a parent for the child placed in their life. Come, let me tell you all about it. 🙂
The Basics of Because You’re Mine
A picture book published by Feiwel and Friends (which is a division of Macmillan Children’s publishing group). 32 pages written for children 4-8 years old. Nancy Tillman is both author and illustrator fitting words to images as she celebrates the bond between parent and child. I received an ARC copy, it ships as a hardcover. This review is done on behalf of Raincoast Books.
The Beauty Contained Within
Ms. Tillman’s goal as an author is to help parents express what they feel for their children. She does so through word and illustration. Most of the illustrations contain some type of wildlife in them, those that don’t host a landscape theme.
The font is very simple text font, black on white, a nice size to read with a child sitting next to you, or with practice with a group of children The words are lyrical and flow, for the most part, easily from the lips. When I read it out loud I only stumbled three times, with practice that wouldn’t happen at all.
Most of the pages follow a similar style. Dark font on a white background with an illustration on the page next. Occasional pages were full colour with text.
Should You Get it?
Honestly, I have mixed emotions about this storybook. I love the sentiment behind it, of a parent expressing their love for their child. THIS I love. It a wonderful thing.
I am somewhat more hesitant about the repeated “because you are mine” refrain. The thing is… I’m not sure why.
Since for children to know they are loved irregardless of what they do or where they go.. it’s priceless to know that depth of love. It’s much like the love God holds for us.
As I think about it, I think it’s the possessiveness implied. Like the child is a possession more than a dearly loved child. Yet the love continually expressed belies that. This book can be read with either viewpoint I suppose, and maybe still show that great sentiment… the coveted love of a parent for their child.
I further love that the children depicted are of all different ages. Doesn’t state if children are fostered, adopted, or naturally born to the parent. Just the ever-abounding love of a parent for their child. It would be so easy to use Because You’re Mine for any child in your care.