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Love You When You Whine

by Emily Jenkins

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This book describes a mother and her unconditional love for her child. It also shows how children do a lot of thing that are aggervating, but the mother overcome that and the love still remains for her child. ( )
  cspine | Jan 29, 2013 |
Jenkins, E. (2006). Love You When You Whine. New York: Farrar,
Straus and Giroux.

0374346526

A mother cat asserts that she loves her trouble-making kitten no
matter what. NO MATTER WHAT! Not if the peksy wee feline chews with
her mouth open, throws up on her mother's wool coat, when she whines,
etc.

This affirming story is shared from the mother cat's perspective. The
illustrations have a classic feel to them, with both the mother and
daughter cats wearing dresses. (no father figures here, folks). The
cats are pretty weird looking. For reals:

Vaguely freaky right? This could be in part to prevent the bad kitten
from looking to cute. Love You When You Whine has some interesting
similarities and contrasts to David Shannon's No David. They'd make
a good book pair.

Activities to Do with the Book:

A good reaffirming read aloud for a mother and her
toddler, some parents may have to be wary that some of the things that
bad kitten does don't serve as recommended activities for their own
children.

This would be an excellent book to share after a child has gotten in
trouble to help remind said child that even though they were put in a
time-out, it doesn't mean their parent, other family member, or nanny
etc. loves them any less.


Favorite Quotes:

“Love you when you interrupt."

"Love you when you pour cereal on the floor. And when you ask for every toy in the whole store, one after the other."

"Love you when you paint the walls...and the dog."

"Love you when you scream "Lollipop lollipop lollipop" for forty-five minutes on line at the bank."
  SJKessel | Sep 7, 2009 |
Jenkins, E. (2007). Love you when you whine (S. Ruzzier Illus.). New
York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Love You When You Whine is quite similar in text to several other books out there that deal with unconditional love such as Love You Forever and Guess How Much I Love You. There is concern that children might think that there is no negative consequences for poor behavior but with adult guidance children can look at the behavior and conclude that it is unacceptable.

This is a picture book for 3-6 year olds. Children this age can identify with the character which appears to be a cat. It definitely provides reassurance that they are loved.

This is a read aloud and can be tied into the family theme.

The illustrations are simple and are place in a circular frame. The surreal watercolors are very soft and muted; however, they match the text perfectly.
It is difficult to identify the characters. They appear to be cats.
  cdl | Sep 10, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374346526, Hardcover)

Have you ever known a child who doesn’t occasionally whine? Or hit, or forget to say please, or refuse to share, or interrupt, or throw a tantrum, or ask for every toy in the store? We may like to pretend otherwise, but these are things small children do . . . and we continue to love them even when they misbehave.
 
This amusing catalog of bad behaviors is playfully illustrated in warm watercolors. Together, text and art present funny and familiar scenes that grownups and children everywhere will recognize and want to talk about.
 
Love You When You Whine is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:49 -0400)

Even while her toddler whines, paints the walls, has tantrums, and otherwise misbehaves, a mother cat never stops loving her kitten. Have you ever known a child who doesn't occasionally whine? Or hit, or forget to say please, or refuse to share, or interrupt, or throw a tantrum, or ask for every toy in the store? We may like to pretend otherwise, but these are things small children do . . . and we continue to love them even when they misbehave.… (more)

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