Picture Book: I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love
Author & Illustrator: Nancy Tillman
Summary: In this endearing declaration of a mother’s love, the author cleverly delights in young human children’s tendency to pretend to be other animals. Despite the ferocity or exotic nature of the animals her child becomes, this mother insists, “I’d know you anywhere, my love.” The illustrations here are stunning and will bring a smile to your face. The mother always manages to be nearby (look for red), no matter the species of her babe or the circumstances.
Hanna’s Comments: The reassurance we can provide children when speaking of God’s presence and unconditional love is invaluable to them. Allow this picture book to help you explore these ideas with young children. No matter who we pretend to be or how far we drift from God’s ways, we will always be God’s precious child, known and loved.
Original Publisher & Date of Publication: Feiwel and Friends, 2013
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up
# of Pages: 32
Available in Spanish? Not at present
Formats other than Book: Tablet
PBT Category: Fresh off the Press
PBT Topics this Book connects with: affection, animals, babies/children, belonging, bonds/connections, caring/tending, change, covenant/promises/vows, God’s nature, God’s presence, love, mothers, parents/parental love, play, prevenient grace, reassurance
Scripture Connections: My steadfast love shall not depart from you (Isaiah 54:10); I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3); nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book as part of a lesson on God’s unconditional love, constant presence, or wooing prevenient grace.