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No Matter What: Book & Toy set Hardcover – 17 Sep 2001
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"...this is a brilliant gem of a book" The Guardian, August 1999; "...a warm and delightful picture book" The Bookseller, May 1999; "...a powerful yet witty story" Edinburgh Book Festival Guide 1999
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Keeping the book because it arrived in my daughter's Christmas stocking - I'm kind of in a bind there. Giving an otherwise nice story a two-star rating because the product description does not at all indicate that the board book is a different version of the original text. Can the seller please clarify which edition has which version of the text? Wish I'd read the other reviews more closely before purchasing.
The ending was a bit difficult to swallow initially (the life of a star was initially lost on my children), but after reading it hundreds of times (not exaggerating!), I've come around to it!
I'm unhappy that I've read a few comments here that the words have been revised in other versions. This was unnecessary, sad and unjust to children who DO NOT need feeling to be watered down. Please read those comments and check the version you purchase. It's such an amazing book you/your children deserve the best.
It's great for anyone who has children who misbehave (don't they all?) Just to let them know you love them 'no matter what'!
I've bought it for a few people now as presents, including friends who adopted a troubled youngster. They love it too. (This was after a relative of mine with two well-behaved girls was pontificating about why this child misbehaved and how they didn't know what 'genes' he carried before they adopted him.) Good grief.
Anyway, they love this. It's a great way to show a small person that you're on their side, even when they behave badly.
Small: But what about when we're dead and gone? Will you love me then? Does love go on?
Large held Small snug as they looked out at the night, at the moon in the dark and the stars shining bright.
Large: Small, look at the stars, how they shine and glow. But some of those stars died a long time ago. Still they shine through the evening skies. Love, like starlight, never dies."
I think by removing the question about death, the author and/or publisher is doing their target audience a disservice. Death is a hard subject for children and adults alike, and these beautiful words eased the heart. I find the new lines don't scan so well, and don't wrap the book up as well.
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