I Love You No Matter What: A Prince Chirpio Story

J Rutland, Author, J Rutland, Illustrator
J. Rutland. Tommy Nelson, $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4003-2195-7
Reviewed on: 03/04/2013
Release date: 02/01/2013
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A framing device of a story within a story draws parallels between parental love and God’s love in this subtle, appealing rendition of the parable of the prodigal son. When Little Blue, knowing he had been naughty, says, " ‘Since you probably don’t love me anymore, I’m leaving the big oak tree for good,’ " Daddy Blue tells a story of Prince Chirpio. Ignoring his father, King Puffbelly’s, cautious warnings, the prince takes his inheritance, a bag of birdseed, and heads off for adventure. A dragonfly, caterpillar, and turtle all provide friendship until his birdseed his gone; then they abandon him, saying: " ‘Maybe the pigs in the next pasture will share their food with you.’ " Rutland’s (Alligator Wedding) initial illustrations appear against a stark white backdrop, two to four discrete images per spread. Color and apparel distinguish the father/son pairs: Daddy Blue wears shirt and tie and Little Blue sports a baseball cap, while Chirpio and his father, both bright yellow, wear crowns and purple vests. The story concludes with both sons realizing the depth of their father’s love in this entertaining, well-executed retelling of a much loved tale. Ages 4-7. (Feb.)
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