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I Love You!: A Bushel and a Peck    by Frank Loesser & Rosemary Wells order for
I Love You!
by Frank Loesser
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I sang Frank Loesser's song often along with my kids (when they were much younger), as we listened to the upbeat children's show, Sharon, Lois & Bram, together. Rosemary Wells' cute rural illustrations show two chicks repeatedly pulled together and apart by mutual attraction and shyness.

We see them looking at each other in the cornfield ('I love you, a bushel and a peck'), and playing around barrels of fruit and vegetables ('and a barrel and a heap'). The crop duster illustration is delightful, and the representation of 'The cows and chickens are going to the dickens!' is a riot! It ends in an old-fashioned car with ice creams, a traditional summer scene.

The words and music are included at the back of the book, so you can sing and play along with the pictures. The melody is running through my head as I write this. If it's running through yours too, then get yourself a copy of I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck, and sing along with children. This is a song that lifts the spirits at any time of year.

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