Heart to Heart: Did You Know I Love You? by Christa Pierce
Fox can scarcely believe that the pretty little blue bird loves him, but as they spend some time together, he cannot help but love her, too.
She asks him if he can feel it in her kisses and hugs. She asks if she tells him often enough, and he admits she does. She even asks,
"COULD YOU TASTE IT IN YOUR TEA?
DID IT WARM YOU FROM THE MUG?"
But her final protestation really sets his heart at rest.
"ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU.
AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE."
Christa Pierce's Did You Know That I Love You? (HarperCollins, 2014) offers sweetly stylized illustrations and promises of enduring love that are perfect for parents and grandparents to present to very young children. Her soft and rounded young fox is a nice stand-in for the child, and the blue bird, traditionally the deliverer of an important message in folklore, represents the parental urge to offer lasting love to a young one. Publishers Weekly says, "A sweetly assuring ode to unconditional love."