Creative thoughts on Who Loves Me
Who Loves me is a book about a girl who very late at night asks her cat who loves her. The very wise cat responds telling her about all the people who love her in her life. This book is meant to be a book about the deep abiding love and loyalty of family.
I painted Who Loves Me as a lullaby. The pages rock softly back and forth from page to page. The flowers move each page into the next like a flowing river. When I painted Who Loves Me I had a note with the lullaby swing low sweet chariot on my easel to remind me of the peaceful sounds of singing before bed. Each page is painted in the soft colors of a lovely night dream.
New York Times Book Review May2005
Dream Works by M.P. Dunleavey
...And speaking of pedigrees, ''Who Loves Me?'' is the latest picture book by Patricia MacLachlan. She is best known for ''Sarah, Plain and Tall'' which won the Newbery Medal, and the series that followed. I confess that I tend to like her beginning-reader books a little better than her picture books, but ''Who Loves Me?'' is a charmer. It's a dialogue between a spiky-haired little girl and the cat who is putting her to bed, and it evokes the many bedtime games that parents and children play (saying good night to all the stuffed animals, recounting what happened during the day). Each time the little girl asks, ''Who loves me?,'' the cat reminds her of all the people who care -- an exercise that could be sappy, but here is quite amusing. MacLachlan's stories are often paired with Very Serious Illustrators with lush, realistic styles (''Paint the Wind'' features Katy Schneider; ''All the Places to Love'' has Michael Wimmer), but I like the sauciness of Amanda Shepherd's artwork. (If you missed the first book Shepherd illustrated, ''Rules of the Wild: An Unruly Book of Manners,'' please add it to your summer reading list.) Shepherd's lovely,high-spirited pictures add a kookiness to MacLachlan's story that both readers and listeners will appreciate.
School Library Journal 2005
PreSchool-Grade 3In this simple, soothing bedtime story, a little girl asks the title question, and her striped orange cat offers a litany of those who love her until the child drifts off to sleep. Their quiet conversation covers everyone from her parents and brother to the family dog, who would love her even if she didn't give him treats. Shepherd's stylized illustrations are bathed in rich, warm shades of goldenrod and ochre, through which MacLachlan's cozy, comforting dialogue meanders like a song. A warm and lyrical selection.Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved