Children’s books about love (LINKS FIXED, I HOPE!)

Yay, a book post!  I decided to go with this instead of my original topic, which was wifely obedience, because I’m only 37 and I’m not ready to have my first stroke.

As always, if you are inclined to buy any of the books I recommend (or to buy anything from Amazon!), it would be wonderful if you could click through using the links below.  I get a small percentage of the sale.  Thank you so much to my readers who have been clicking through!  It really ads up, and is a huge help.

One Potato, Two Potato By Cynthia DeFelice and Andrea U’ren

The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop, illustrated by Kurt Weise

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson



  1. The links aren’t working in FF or IE.
    How do we set up our Amazon accounts to give the same benefit with non-linked items? I use Amazon for a lot of company purchases and I hadn’t thought about linking it up to someone’s “affiliate account” or whatever it’s called.
    Also, I don’t know why you are filled with such hatred for The Giving Tree. It’s a great morality tale: a tree sets itself up as God and finally gets what’s coming to it.

    • Nuts. Thanks for letting me know.
      I don’t know if there’s a way of linking it up automatically from your end. I think I’m gonna bite the bullet and buy the paid version of WordPress so I can make a permanent Amazon button on the sidebar, though, so at least it would be easy to find. Thanks for thinking of it!
      I haven’t actually read The Giving Tree since second grade. It was circle time, and when the teacher got up to the part where the tree got cut down, I laughed, and she made me go put my head down on the desk.

      • I did a little research and I think anything you buy counts as long as you go to Amazon through a link at the beginning. Is that correct? If so, that works. I have an Amazon purchase to make later today, so if you see a router and range extender show up (and not the ones linked in your “Best Networking Equipment Gifts for Your Kids’ Saint’s Day” post) it will have worked.

  2. Tikki Tikki Tembo and the Five Chinese Brothers!?!? Talk about bringing back memories of my own very far off childhood. I forced each of my kids to borrow these books from the library at one time or another, just so I could read them again and again!

    • Okay, I saw this sentence, “Tikki Tikki Tembo and the Five Chinese Brothers!?!?” and I thought, “OH NO, now they’re going to call me a racist!” It turns out that both of these books are hotly disputed because they blah blah blah ethic stereotypes blah blah blah. So relieved to read the rest of your comment.

  3. “Where the Wild Things Are” always terrified me as a kid. Then I went to see the movie as an adult and guess what — still scares me. I appreciate that book to a degree. But I put Sendak up there with Dalh. I just don’t get these people.
    And the “BFG” is the scariest thing you could ever read to a 2nd grader (and not go to jail anyway). And that is going to be made into a movie too — I will be staying out of the theatre for that one. I assure you. lol.

  4. What? No wifely obedience? I would really like you to write about it sometime, even though it’s controversial, because it’s one of those things I really do have to have an opinion on (being a wife myself). I’ve been married three years and I still feel rather uncertain about it. Originally I thought I would be obeying my husband, but it just doesn’t feel right to subjugate my reason simply because I’m female. I do give up what I want for him a lot, and he does the same for me, but he knows not to give me commands because that’s the best way to get me to put my foot down. (Commence attack by the Good Wives of the world.) But I eat up everything I can read on the topic, because I’m still working through it. How do I read that dang Bible verse, if I don’t jump when my husband says jump?

  5. My husband loved The Five Chinese Brothers and bought it when our oldest was very small. It became one of his favorites and one of mine. I’ve never met anyone else who has heard of it (I certainly hadn’t) and I was going to suggest it when I saw your title. Yeah! You knew about it. When I was younger we used to read stories of Baba Yaga. My great grandmother was Russian and she got us hooked. Baby Yaga was scary but I loved that her house had chicken legs!

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