You Are Special, Little One shows parental valuing in practice. The repetition in each new animal context, helps toddlers get the overall point, of parents caring for their children and seeing them as special. The toddler sees eleven kinds of animals and learns something of what each is like, and where each lives. The language is not dumbed down and the illustrations support the wording —e.g., “Atop an icy floe on a snow-fringed sea, a penguin chick asks…” accompanies a picture of the Antarctic sea, with a penguin family on an ice floe.
Though several animal drawings are not that skilfully executed, each illustration is realistic enough for a child to learn from. They show a benevolent and peaceful world.
Parents might point out to an older child that no other being is exactly like him or her, that there never was and never will be another like him/her. She or he is not only unique and special to his parents, but is also unique in being and thinking for, himself.