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Early in the evening two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best. Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by MEarly in the evening two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best. Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in the tender message that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart....

Title : I Love You the Purplest
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ISBN : 9780811807180
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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I Love You the Purplest Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-25 04:11

    Sweet story of how a mother's love for her children can be equal but different. Draws forth the qualities that makes each child unique and how the mother loves those aspects "best" in each child, but loves both children with equal strength and attachment. A touching and thoughtful story with a fun, loving and clever mother (I thought it was great that she goes fishing with her boys) and great for competitive siblings who might wonder who mom or dad loves most!

  • Connie
    2018-11-17 04:05

    I'll admit it. I think this book is a little syrupy. The mother is just too too patient with her ultra-competitive little ones. All they care about is being the best, and yet, she always manages to have the answer which avoids choosing favorites. (Frankly, she sets a standard that's hard to live up to.) Neither son is the best rower - one rows deep, the other rows fast. Neither is the best fisherman - one gets more fish, but the other got the smart fish. And so on.And yet, despite the fact that I think it's just a tad bit on the sweet side for me, I do like it. This *is* a good way of talking to kids (even only children benefit from being specifically complimented on what they do instead of being generically told they're the "best"), and the message that there's value in everybody's actions (even if they aren't the "best") is a good one for kids to hear.

  • Daniel
    2018-12-09 08:20

    This book is destined to be a long-lived classic.The illustrations are wonderful watercolors that would stand alone as beautiful paintings.The story is perfect. Anyone who has more than one child can understand and appreciate. Since the first time we read this, my wife and I still refer to it when we kiss the children goodnight. Sometimes we use the examples in this book ("I love you the bluest" "I love you the redest") and sometimes we make up our own.And on top of all this, there is also a nice element of teaching colors ... the color purple is never mentioned in the book, so why is it called "I Love You the Purplest"?Wonderful, wonderful.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-03 05:07

    I actually snuck-read this book when I was sorting the Scholastic order last night. I loved it! This book displays how a mother can love both her children- who are nothing alike- to the same degree. Her sons are competing for their mothers attention and love during a fishing trip one day, and the mother is able to pull out and focus on their individual strengths and tell them how they are both special in their own way. One son is much more reserved and focused, and the mother explains how she loves that about him; while her other son is more impulsive and carefree and she loves him for that as well. It is a heartwarming story of the unconditional love of a mother for her children.

  • Kerri Harshaw
    2018-12-02 08:21

    This is a great book to teach imaging and visualizing to students with. The text is extremely descriptive which allows for the mind to paint a picture of what is happening in the story. This is a comforting book of how a mom sees the best qualities in bother of her sons, even though they are different (neither boy is better than the other). Each page is full of beautiful,soft illustrations.

  • Jana
    2018-11-17 07:29

    This book is one of the reasons I chose the name Max for my second child. I had a first child who was so easy and calm that I knew my second had to be the opposite. A few years ago a friend of mine found this book and changed all the Julians to Carters so when we read this book it is Carter and Max. Perfect!!

  • Shayne
    2018-11-20 03:30

    Love this book having a sister who is very different from me and two boys of my own, I can understand how the mother loves them equally but differently. Even though I know I am my parents favorite child! :)

  • Rebekah
    2018-11-25 04:28

    I remember when, it was either in 4th grade or 2nd grade or something, my teacher read this book to us and I absolutely adored it. It is my FAVORITE picture book that there ever was, is, or will be!

  • Kayla Miller
    2018-12-15 06:20

    I Love You the Purplest is a great contemporary fiction book. It is about a mother and her two sons who spend the day together doing activities such as catching worms and fishing. The boys throughout the day are continuously asking their mother which one is doing the best, caught the most fish, or who she simply loves more. The mother, however, always finds a way to show that she loves both of her sons equally. This is a great book to read to siblings for them to understand that they should not feel as though they should compete against one another because their parents will love them both no matter what.The imagery in this book does a great job to set the loving, happy mood. The imagery style is mostly impressionistic making each page seem to light up. This adds to the gleeful mood that the book sets up with the family being happy that they are together. The book also has a lot of the colors red and blue, which are also the colors the mother tells her sons that she loves them as. This is very fitting since blue portrays a calming nature and red portrays warmth. These are both feelings that people have when they think of love between family members and these are both feelings that the reader feels when he or she reads the book. The images really do a great part of bring the text to life so the reader can feel more of a connection to the book, the characters, and the love they show.

  • Kendra
    2018-11-21 02:08

    I Love You the Purplest by Barbara Joosse was a story about the love that a mother gives to her two sons. It begins with a mother following her two sons out the door, on their way to go fishing. The boys, most likely twins, ask their mother who was the best at catching worms for bait. The mother replies with two positive things about each of the boys' catches. Once they are on the lake, the boys as their mother who is the best at rowing. She responds with Julian's rowing is the deepest, and Max's rowing is the fastest. After they are done fishing one of the boys has caught three fish and the other boy only caught one. Max asks his mother if he was the best at fishing, but she responds with a positive thing to say about each of the boys. At night the boys ask who she loves the most, but how can she answer, still making both of them feel like the most special boy?This book enveloped the genre of contemporary fiction. It pertained to a real-life situation that many families go through on a daily basis. Especially if that family has two siblings close in age. Children consistently feel as though they are competing for love from their mother or father when they are young. this is a contemporary issue, even though it isn't a very controversial one. It teaches parents who read this to their children, ways to boost both their children's morale. It also teaches children that no matter what happens, a parent will love you just as much as they love your sibling, it is just a different kind of love.

  • Courtney Hendrix
    2018-11-15 06:27

    Two young boys and their mom find it to be a perfect day to go fishing at the lake. Throughout the day both of the boys try to get their mom to say they did a better job by asking questions such as "who had the biggest worm?" and "who rowed the best?". Mom always replies to both of them with a good answer but never putting one brother in front of the other. She makes sure they both know that they are loved.I love this story because the mother is very open with both of her children. It really shows how a mom can support both of her children while also nothing putting either of them down. This story also shows that although the brothers want to better than the other, the way the mom responds doesn't make either of them resent the other! Would recommend to any mom!

  • Victoria
    2018-11-15 05:08

    This was an important book for me growing up because my sister and I would always ask our mom who she loved more. This book shows how parents love us all in different ways. This book had a huge impact on me Being 1 of 4 kids.

  • Kaitlyn Profiri
    2018-11-14 08:04

    This book shows how a mother loves her two boys. She shows the equality it takes to raise the two of them and show them equal love through their life. This book itself is from the contemporary genre. More specifically it is part of the romance sub-genre. This shows how love is intertwined in a day to day basis and I think that parents could find comfort in how the mother in the story shows and expresses her love through color to each boy. Although she tells them each different things her examples and descriptions are equal in meaning and importance. That is where the moral of the story shines through and where readers and parents alike can find the same point in the story.This book uses watercolor pictures making the story a calm and comforting picture book. The amount of text on each page is different; while some pages only have a sentence or two another page will have separate paragraphs. The illustrator really put an emphasis on color because the book is expressing the love of the mother specifically through the different colors. The title of the book will make the reader think after they finish the book because purple is not included at all in the story. But reading this to a child and connecting colors will help connect them to the moral of the story as well.

  • Steph
    2018-12-12 05:30

    I want to be fair. I am not a parent, but this is super corny to me. Maybe if I ever have a child I will come back to edit my review. =)

  • Drew Graham
    2018-12-03 02:18

    A mother responds to her boys' competitive bids for her superlative affection.This was a nice little story about how parents love all of their children the same but for different reasons. It was cute and sweet and everything, but I felt like something was missing (a dad, maybe?).

  • Jenny
    2018-11-14 02:15

    I have read this many times and just reread to my class today. It is the story of a mother's love...told through simple, yet almost poetic language and gorgeous watercolor illustrations. The two brothers keep asking their mom who is the best and who she loves the most. She responds cleverly, highlighting the fact that she loves them both, equally but differently because they are different. One she loves the bluest; the other the reddest.****For the past couple of years, I have used this as a springboard for a Mother's Day project. (This is not my original idea...heard it at a workshop years ago...don't know who the workshop was by)... The students write a poem for their moms telling her that they love her the bluest/orangest/purplest...or whatever color they choose. Then they describe that they love her the color of ____________ things that are that color. (Follow the pattern in the book). Then they paint a watercolor painting and turn this into a poster to give their mothers for Mother's Day.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-29 05:05

    Joosse, Barbara M. (1998). I love you the purplest. New York: Scholastic.A mother has a gift of finding the strength of each of her two children. She is able to make both feel special and know that they are each the most loved child. This book is certainly appropriate for early elementary right up to middle years. The imagery defined by the precise language makes this book visual without even looking at the exquisite watercolours by Mary Whyte. I am always on the lookout to find picture books to read to our students in grades 5 and up. This one, read soothingly, like song is enjoyed by all.I loved the reaction of the grade 6 students when they realized how the title reflected the feelings of the mother. It was an almost perfect moment in class. The stillness. The excitement. The purplest. I get it! It dawned on one student and in jubilation, she shared with her class why the mother loves her children the purplest.

  • Christina
    2018-11-26 08:04

    1.In the story "I Love You the Purplest" by Barbara Joosse, There is two little boys who live with their mother. Julian is the fast, competitive, impulsive brother and Max is a smart, cautious thinker. They go out fishing with their mother one night after dinner. That eventually arises the question of which son mommy loves more. 2. This is a really good book to explain a mother's love for her kids. It is a reassuring book for young children. Many books for children are made for the same thing. Reassurance that they are loved and protected. 3. This book would be a really good one for children ages two to four. That is when they need the most comfort. This story is a very cute story. It tells that a mothers love is equal towards her children even though the two kids are very different.

  • Katie
    2018-11-21 10:20

    I thought the book was very sweet, and it made me think of my mother's love for my brother and I growing up. In the book two boys are competing for their mother's love. During a fishing trip, they are asking their mother who is better at fishing. At bedtime they are asking their mother who she loves more. Throughout the whole book, their mother was very patient and she reminded her sons that she loves them equally no matter how different from each other they are. She points out different characteristics of each boy, and she explains that she loves both of them for different reasons. She says that one boy is very shy and reserved, and she loves him for that. The other boy is very loud and outgoing, and she loves him for that. I think this is a great book to show a mother's unconditional love. This book could be used in the classroom when discussing siblings and family.

  • Abby
    2018-11-29 06:17

    This book is an excellent read. It has great illustrations and a great story line. I gave it five stars because of those two previous sentences and because my mom used to tell my little brothers and myself that she loved us the brownest because there was three of us. This book brings back fond memories. Throughout this story, two boys are trying to be the favorite in their mother's eyes by besting the other brother. The genre of this picture book is realistic fiction. The ages that might be most suited for it may be children anywhere from kindergarten to third grade, but the reading level is third grade. The major themes of this story are individuality, understanding oneself, parents, and sibling rivalry.

  • Krysten
    2018-11-23 05:27

    Summary: Two brothers, Max and Julian, go out fishing with their mother. They compete and ask their mother who is the best at worm catching, fishing, and rowing. To each question she points out how each boy is best at a different part of the activity. Finally, when they are in bed, they boys each ask who she loves the most and she tells Max she loves him the reddest, and Julian that she loves him the bluest, describing features of each of the colors that make the boys feel full of love and joy.Evaluation: This is an adorable book, one that would be great for competing siblings. The illustration was done with beautiful watercolor that catches the feel of twilight outside and the warmth of the home inside, among other things. I really like this book.

  • Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
    2018-12-04 07:27

    Read by: MelanieGenre: Realistic FictionAuthor: Barbara M. Joosse Illustrator: Mary WhyteInterest Level: K-2Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5DRA: N/ALexile: 600L This story of two boys and their mother who take a day to go fishing. The mother is very encouraging of both boys and when she compliments one, she is sure to compliment the other. She tells them both how much she loves them by describing a color and what can be seen that is that color. The sentences are a lot more simple than some other books at this level so are a good stepping stone to help level up a reader that is on the brink.

  • Naomi Kenorak
    2018-12-10 08:05

    This charming book tells the story of a Mama who goes fishing with her two small and very competitive sons. The boys want to know who got the most worms and who is the best rower. Later, at bedtime, each son whispers a question to his mother: Who do you love the best, Mama? Throughout, the mother is calm and joyous in answering her sons. She says that one son’s worms are the liveliest and the other’s are the juiciest. One son rows deepest and the other rows fastest. And finally, she loves one son the bluest and the other the reddest. The story is as much a lesson for parents dealing with sibling rivalry as it is for children.

  • Zara Younus
    2018-12-13 07:19

    This book is a great way to show students that although different, two people or any two things can be loved in their own way. The mother in the book had two sons who loved each one equally, but complimented each one's tasks differently, making sure not to discourage the other.After reading this book, have the students discuss in a small group which two things they love, but love differently because of what they do. Examples may include: two toys, two pets, two siblings, two books, two games. This helps the students realize that being different is a good thing. This book also helps the students realize that their parents love them for who they are in comparison to any other sibling.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-28 07:12

    When Julian and Max go to the cabin with their mother, they try to get her to say who she likes best. Using red and blue imagery, their mother is able to describe how she loves both of the boys differently. The words paint vivid pictures, “Max exploded from the cabin”. Even when trying to corner their mother into describing who has the most fishing worms, the clever mother answers positively to both boys by answering, “Max, your can is full of the liveliest worms. And Julian, your can has the juiciest.”The book has beautiful watercolor illustrations, and can be used by any parent who finds themselves being asked, “Who do you love most?”.

  • Alana Graham
    2018-11-30 06:16

    I appreciate how detailed this book is written. I think it's sweet that the mother makes it very clear that she doesn't just love them the same, but she loves both of them the best. This book sends the message that one way is not always better than the other, just different. This would be a great story to read if competition becomes a problem in the classroom. This would not be interesting enough, however, for younger children to read on their own, but could be captivating as a read-aloud. A student who has middle-child syndrome, or is jealous of his/her siblings might also appreciate this book.

  • Kaylene
    2018-11-14 06:25

    This book was first read to me in a Children's Literature class and I feel in love with it. The watercolor artistry is breathtaking and enhances the beautiful story of a mother and her two sons. I was particularly drawn to the sweet way this mother makes both boys feel loved equally.I read this book to a 6th grade class on a Friday before Mother's Day. The room was silent as I explained the beauty of this Mother's love. I'd never had a class of pre-teens so excited about a picture book or any book for that matter.I highly recommend this book for any mother who has sons.

  • Kristin Hamrock
    2018-12-06 02:16

    This book uses many great descriptive words, and very realistic illustrations. It is a great book to read to young children that have siblings that are close in age to them and might be wondering about how their parents feel about them. At this age, children are constantly competing with siblings, and trying to impress their parents; this book makes children understand that their parents love them the same, and each child has a uniqueness to them that can't be compared to his/her brother or sister. This book could also raise questions about outdoor hobbies such as fishing or camping.

  • Bree Bosse
    2018-12-09 07:18

    This book has beautiful illustrations and shows a mother's love in a creative way. The mother celebrates the differences in her two sons and when they ask her who she loves more she explains what she loves in each of them- one loves red and one loves blue and she describes their special qualities within those color ranges and so she loves them "purplest". It would be great to add to an about me or beginning of the year theme- or family love- maybe for those children with new brothers or sisters or twins or those who feel competitive with their syblings.

  • Stephanie Zamora
    2018-11-27 04:15

    This is one of my all time favorite children's books. This is about a mother who tells her two boys the different ways that she loves each of them. I would always change the names in the book depending on which child I was reading this book to, and my children loved it. It shows us that we do not need to love people in the same way, we can love people differently, but equally. This is a book that I will always treasure and pass on to many future generations. The artwork and colors used are also beautiful and help make this a book that will get looked at over and over again.