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MY ARMS WILL HOLD YOU TIGHT by Crystal Bowman

MY ARMS WILL HOLD YOU TIGHT

by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley illustrated by Anna Kubaszewska

Pub Date: Jan. 12th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-4964-4622-0
Publisher: Tyndale Kids

A rhyming board book about the love between a parent and child.

As the title suggests, this offering is all about the ways that caregivers love, protect, care for, and cherish their children. Each turn of the page reveals a new adult-child animal pair with its own rhyming stanza. The text explores many facets of parental love—celebrating it not just when things are sunny, but also on stormy days and through sadness. One particularly sweet rhyme relates, “I’ll hold you when sadness / and tears fill your eyes. / My arms will be there / to catch all your cries.” Most of the text includes simple rhymes (sky/fly and sand/hand for example), and none are forced or read aloud awkwardly. The illustrations include anthropomorphized animals in mostly bright pastels with simple smiling expressions. Much like the text, they’re cute enough, but there’s not a lot of variation in style. The bat pup wrapped up in its parent’s wings is an especially darling pair; they do indeed look “all cozy and snug.” Glancing references to “prayers” and “God” give the text a slight religious edge, though the book is otherwise secular. Given that this is designed to be shared with a lap-sitting child, it’s a bit lengthy.

Undeniably sweet even if neither theme nor treatment is particularly new.

(Board book. 1-3)