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I Love You the Purplest

I Love You the Purplest

by Barbara M. Joosse Illustrated by Mary Whyte
This warm story of a mother's undying love for her two sons helps budding readers understand the complexities of sibling rivalry and the depth of a parent's love for their children.

Brothers Max and Julian each want to hold a special place in their mother's heart. During an evening fishing trip, the two boys vie for their mother's affection and ask her which one she thinks is the best at digging for worms, rowing the boat, and catching fish. Later, at the end of the day, as mother tucks them into bed, Max and Julian want to know which boy their mother loves best.

The mother's gentle and wise answers to her sons' questions reflect the boundless measure of a mother's love and her appreciation of her sons' unique personalities. The moving text, supported by soft watercolor illustrations, reassures Max and Julian that although Mama loves them differently, she loves them both very much.

5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Chronicle Books
Number of Pages
Realistic Fiction

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Barbara M. Joosse
Mary Whyte

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