Author: Robbyn Van Frankenhuyzen
Illustrator: Gijsbert (Nick) Van Frankenhuyzen
Publisher/Date: Sleeping Bear Press/March 2014
About I Love You Just Enough by Nick and Robbyn Van Frankenhuyzen
On the first day of summer vacation, while helping her father pull weeds and plant seeds on the prairie land near their farm, young Heather finds a wood duck chick. Separated from its family, the chick is vulnerable to the elements and other dangers.
When Heather asks if she can care for him, her Dad responds that “Loving him will be the easy part.” The hardest thing that she will have to do is not to love him too much. So beings Heather’s summertime adventure with Mr. Peet, the wood duck chick. But when the time comes for him to return to the wild, will Heather be ready to let him go? Does she love him just enough?
Our Thoughts about I Love You Just Enough by Nick and Robbyn Van Frankenhuyzen
Heather is supposed to be helping her father pull weeds, but she’s finding treasures to take back home instead. Except one of the treasures she finds is an abandoned duckling.
Heather wants to bring the duckling home, and her father agrees – but not after reminding her that this little duckling will eventually be reunited with members of his own family, and not become a member of theirs.
As we watch Heather’s adventure with the appropriately named Mr. Peet, we are also treated to factual information about wood duck chicks, which helps to make the story even more intriguing.
It turns out that Heather didn’t have to be the one to let Mr. Peet go after all. He made the decision all by himself.
But not until he was ready.
The illustrations are beautiful. Each one depicts the scenes being described and looks like a real watercolor painting created on a canvas. I was eagerly turning the pages to see how Mr. Van Frankenhuyzen interprets the next scene.
The lesson of loving something enough to be able to let it go when it’s time, is not only a story for children. Adults need to be reminded of this lesson as well.
About the Authors of I Love You Just Enough, Nick and Robbyn Van Frankenhuyzen
Gijsbert (Nick) and author Robbyn have lived at Hazel Ridge Farm since 1980. Together with their daughters Heather and Kelly, they have cared for many injured and orphaned animals. The stories in the Hazel Ridge Farm series are based on their true adventures and experiences on the farm in Bath, Michigan. Nick has illustrated numerous books, including the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in hopes that I would write a review. The opinions expressed above are our own.