The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae

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Leo is a brave young lion who has been asked to leave the family by his mum as he takes no interest in hunting other animals. Unlike other lions, Leo just wants to befriend other animals. He is different.

I tend to like children’s fiction that features a character who is different to others. It sends the message to children that everyone is different and that’s perfectly alright. We should not mock or think that someone different is lesser.

Instead of simply fitting in, Leo sticks to his believes and befriends the other jungle animals, winning them over with his big, loving heart. The is a beautifully written rhyming story with bright illustrations that will capture a toddler’s attention.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

 

Published in 1986, this Canadian picture book tugs at your heartstrings. I tried reading it to Theo was he was a day old in neo-natal care but after one page, I had a melt down. I felt the meaning of the following words: 

I love you forever,
I like you for always.
As long as I’m living,
My baby you’ll be.

This book portrays a mother’s deep and unconditional love for her son from birth till he’s a grown man. In her eyes, he’s always her baby boy. It really touched me when the son, a grown man, visited his frail and sick mother and rocked her just like she had always done so with him. At the end, he goes back home, picks his baby daughter up and sings her the song his mum used to sing to him.

I can relate to this book even though my boy is only 10 months old. He has already driven me up the wall a million times but at the end of the day, he’s still my baby and I love him so.