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Somedayby Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds
Hand lettering and whimsical illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds bring to life this powerful ode to a mother's dreams for her child. A perfect gift book for anyone at any age.
Synopses & Reviews
A mother's love leads to a mother's dream — every mother's dream — for her child to live life to its fullest.
A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the book you'll want to share with someone else...today.
"'One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one,' opens McGhee's (A Very Brave Witch) understated yet emotion-charged expression of a mother's love and hopes for her child. Reynolds's (The Dot) spare, wispy pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict the narrator and her daughter sharing everyday moments that mark milestones in the girl's maturation: the mother watches snowflakes 'melt on your baby skin' and crosses the street as her little one grasps her hand. A transitional spread first reveals the youngster on a tricycle, aided by her mother, and then riding solo on a bicycle ('Then, you were my baby, / and now you are my child'). Quietly the emotion builds, as the mother thinks of the future in store for her daughter, its joys and sorrows: 'Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you.' Here Reynolds depicts the woman, older than she was at the book's start, on the left, gazing forlornly across the white expanse of the spread. The narrative comes full circle, as the parent looks ahead to a day, 'a long time from now,' when her daughter's own hair will 'glow silver in the sun.' Handlettering by Reynolds augments the story's deeply personal quality, which will resonate with both new and seasoned mothers. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The artist's use of white space and hand-printed letters gives a childlike innocence to the book. However, its greeting-card quality will appeal more to new mothers and gift-givers than to children." School Library Journal
Things get easier every day. Just watch what I can do today! This affirming story celebrates how baby animals in the forest accomplish goals, whether itand#8217;s a baby bear finding food, a young spider spinning a web, or a small bird flying from the nest for the first time. The tender, rhyming text compares these achievements to those of a child who is learning to ride his bike or catch a ball.
The perfect story to encourage young readers to try new things or keep the faith when faced with challenges, Look What I Can Do! honors the important milestones that children achieve each day.
Praise for Look What I Can Do!
"Baby animals strive to and#147;stand up strong,and#8221; leap high and and#147;spin a trap.and#8221; But learning is full of challenges, distractions and fun. In this message-driven tale, children see how various creatures struggle to develop and gain confidence."
"This gently affirming tale is perfect for parent-and-child sharing and offers many opportunities for discussion."
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You and Me is a loving tribute to how fate brought two best friends together. An adorable cat muses about the what-ifs in life: What if he had slept late that one special morning? What if heandrsquo;d missed his train on that fateful day? Then he might never have met his favorite person in the world, and his entire life would be different!
Two friends delight in the incredible power of serendipity in this charming tale. Illustrated by the bestselling Peter H. Reynolds, You and Me is the ultimate gift for the closest of friends on Valentineandrsquo;s Day or any day of the year.
About the Author
Alison McGhee is the author of Rainlight, Was It Beautiful?, and the NBC "Today" show's "Today's Book Club" pick Shadow Baby, She also writes books for young adults and children. Her short fiction and poetry have been published widely in literary magazines.
Peter H. Reynolds is the president and creative director of FableVision Studios, the illustrator of the best-selling Judy Moody series, and the author and illustrator of The Dot. "Nothing irks me more than seeing a person's creativity get shut down, " he says. " Through my books, I want to help give kids — and grown-up kids — the vocabulary to protect their exploration, in art, writing, and thinking."
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