Honey, I love

Eloise Greenfield

Book - 2003

A young girl expresses what she loves about life.

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[New York] : HarperCollins ©2003.
1st ed
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Main Author
Eloise Greenfield (author)
Other Authors
Jan Spivey Gilchrist (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

PreS-Gr. 2. Published originally as a poem in the compilation Honey, I Love, and Other Love Poems (1978), this warm verse gets new life in picture book version enhanced by Gilchrist's down-home illustrations. A little African American girl with a gap-toothed grin proclaims she loves a lot of things: the way her Southern cousin talks, splashing in the swimming pool, making the "laughing" sound with her friend. The poetry has a charming cadence: "I hold her arm and kiss it / 'cause it feels so soft and warm / Honey, let me tell you that / I LOVE my mama's arm / I love to kiss my mama's arm." The picture that illustrates that verse is particularly nice. The watercolor art, which features children who look as if they could be living down the block, will draw readers close. ((Reviewed February 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

After first appearing in Honey, I Love and Other Poems (1978), now, Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love, in which an African-American child joyfully recounts the things that make her life special, appears as a stand-alone poem in a 25th-anniversary picture book edition, illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3-First published in 1978, Greenfield's warm flowing verse will find a welcome new audience in this newly illustrated 25th-anniversary edition. The joyous poem sings the praises of the many things a young child loves. The cool freshness of a hose on a hot day, laughing with friends, and taking a ride in the family car are some of the universal pleasures brought to life in this lyrical rhyme. The words beg to be read aloud, as when the narrator's cousin from the South comes to visit, and she says, "I like the way he whistles and I like the way he walks/But honey, let me tell you that I LOVE the way he talks-." Gilchrist's shimmery watercolor illustrations of a beaming African-American child lend a different feel than Diane and Leo Dillon's contemplative charcoal drawings, and may appeal to younger children. There is one change in the text; the last line reads "And honey, I love ME, too," whereas in the original, it is "And honey, I love you, too."-Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library #

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1?Honey, I Love, the title poem from Greenfield's popular 1978 collection (HarperCollins), and On My Horse, a new poem, are filled with full-color illustrations featuring African Americans. The two simple stories describe a young girl's favorite summer activities and a boy's riding fantasy as he is led around on a gentle horse. The verses are simple, with flowing language and limited rhyme and repetition. Gilchrist's pictures fill the pages with large realistic portraits brimming with the warmth and pleasures of childhood. Their size and clarity make these books good candidates for toddler and preschool story hours as well as for one-on-one sharing.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A young girl expresses what she loves about life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

New, charming full-color illustrations from a Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator complement an enchanting, heartwarming poem about love and the simple joys of life, in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of an inspirational title.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

To one young narrator, it's the simple things that mean the most, like sharing laughter with a friend, taking family rides in the country, and kissing her mama's arm.When this poem was first published in 1978 in Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, Eloise Greenfield reminded us that love can be found just about anywhere. Now, twenty-five years later, she and celebrated children's book artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist present a stunning, newly illustrated anniversary edition that invites readers to celebrate the simple joys of loving and living.Included in Brightly.com's 2017 list of recommended diverse poetry picture books for kids!