BiscuitIn the very first moment, when you came to be,
I looked at you, and you looked at me.
I whispered these words as I held you near,
for all time, for all space, for the world to hear
I will love you."
A mother describes her boundless love for her daughter in lullabylike verse. The mother, who is white, and her child, who has brown skin, appear in a mix of fantastical and everyday scenes soaring on a fluffy cloud "airplane," exploring the outdoors, and dancing around a fire on the beach. Capucilli's verse can get a bit grandiose at times ("I will love you like the velvet-green hill loves its trees./ Like warm, misty shadows calling, Nestle with me' ") but Anchin's warm images and the strong mother-daughter focus make this a fine pick for adoptive parents, single moms, and other familial setups. Ages 3 5. Author's agent: Liza Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator's agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media.