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FOREVER by Emma Dodd

What is not to love about a polar bear and its cub? At least, that seems to be at least part of the premise of Forever by Emma Dodd. The images are extremely cute, and Templar Books (a Candlewick imprint) has gone the extra mile to pay for shiny silver components on every other two-page spread. (Sometimes it's snowflakes, sometimes, water, sometimes stars . . . )

The text is a sweet love poem, along the lines of I'll Love You Forever without being cloying. My one quibble was that although it was written using rhymed couplets, the metre was sort of all over the place, which made it tricky to read aloud on the first try - just when you come to expect you're dealing with one sort of metre, it shifts to another. And then again. Each couplet is done correctly, but they aren't done alike, is what I'm saying. But I couldn't help but fall in love with the sweet sentiment and the adorable polar bears and the really nice book design.


An extremely cute "I love you" book for bedtime cuddling. And fans of polar bears. My thanks to the folks at Candlewick for sending a copy my way.

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Feb. 26th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
This looks adorable! I definitely need to get a copy for Baby X when he's older. Thanks so much for posting about it!

Just a quick point about the publisher - Templar Books isn't an imprint of Candlewick, it's actually an independent publisher in the UK that has a partnership with Candlewick in the US, so they publish a lot of each other's books - Emma Dodd is British, so I'm guessing it was published by Templar over here first and is now being published in the US, probably? (Templar is my UK publisher, which is why I'm being geeky about this!)

(ETA: although actually, thinking about it, I'm now wondering whether the originally-Templar books that are published by Candlewick in the US are published in a special Templar-named-imprint? In which case, everything you said was absolutely right, and please forget about my geeky "correction"! Sorry about that.)

Edited at 2014-02-26 11:55 am (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think your geekiness is admirable.

The back of the book reads "templar books/an imprint of Candlewick Press", so I guess that's how the US editions are being marketed?

And I hope you like the book. It does read aloud well once you adjust for the changing metre, and it is absolutely snuggle-able. (Not certain whether the UK edition has the same metallic bells and whistles, though?)
Feb. 27th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for being so gracious, Kelly! I'm sorry to have been silly about it.

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