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I'll Always Love You

By Hans Wilhelm

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 01 December 1988

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Illus. in full colour. "In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolour illustrations, tender and warm in colour and mood, suit the simple text perfectly."--School Library Journal.  

About the Author

With over 42 million books in print, Hans Wilhelm is one of America's most popular author/illustrators of children's books, including I'll Always Love You for Random House Children's Books. Many of his 200 books have been translated into 20 languages and have become successful animated television series that are enjoyed by children all over the world. His books have won numerous international awards and prizes. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mazza Museum of Art at University of Findlay, Ohio (the world's first and largest teaching museum devoted to literacy and the art of children's picture books), the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut, the Kerlan Collection at University of Minnesota, and the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.Hans was born in Bremen, Germany. He lived for many years in Africa before moving to America. He now lives in Weston, Connecticut, in an old farmhouse with his artist wife, Judy Henderson.


PreS-Gr 2 In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. When she is young, Elfie is full of pep and pranks; but as her master grows taller and taller, Elfie grows fatter and slower. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her, and the boy refuses a new puppy. He is not yet ready for another pet; but when he is, he will tell that one, as he told Elsie every night, ``I'll always love you.'' The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood and cozily rounded in form, suit the simple text perfectly. Elsie's gradual change from a lively mischief-maker to a portly old dog is treated with a sweet humor. Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Atheneum, 1971) and Cohen's Jim's Dog Muffins (Greenwillow, 1984) also treat the loss of a beloved pet with great understanding, but anyone who has or ever had an old dog in the family will be especially touched by this book. Pat Pearl, First Presbyterian Church Library, Martinsville, Va.

EAN: 9780517572658
ISBN: 0517572656
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Dimensions: 17.81 x 22.91 x 0.28 centimetres (0.12 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years
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Terry-Anne on
Our family lost our little dog Tia. My three children, (aged 7, 5 & 3) were devestated. My 5yr old had read this book at his pre-school and he showed me the book. I wanted to have our own copy and thanks to Fishpond, I was able to purchase one. It is a beautiful story and very appropriate for our family situation. In this story the little boy's dog dies during the night and that is what happened to our Tia. This story is easy to read and listen to and is very age appropriate for my children. At the end of the story the little boy realises that he will eventually get a new pet and he will love it just the same. The story could be read at any time though. This book will certainly have a long life in our library.
Carla on
An absolutely beautiful book about the ageing&death/passing away of a much loved pet&family member.I bought this book for my brother twenty odd years ago&even though he still has it in hardback form he refuses to part with it,hence the need to buy a copy for my own son.This book will bring a lump to the throat of anyone who once had a special pet who grew up with them&oneday went to sleep&never woke up.I thoroughly recommend this book the storyline&pictures explain it all,without going into detail but enough information that you won`t get 101 questions at the end.AAA++++

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