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I Will Hold You 'Til You Sleepby Linda Zuckerman and Jon J. Muth
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A book that combines the spiritual (and artistic) appeal of Jon Muth's THE THREE QUESTIONS with the heartfelt emotion of LOVE YOU FOREVER.
Here is the rare book that not only expresses a parent's love for their child, but offers a hope for what that love will become. It begins with a wish at bedtime, as parents hold their children tight and hope their love will cradle them, safe and sound. It continues through the day their children have grown up, proud and strong, and can pass that love on to someone else. This is a book that goes beyond a parent's "I love you" to the generous wish that our children will make the world a better place.
"The power and meaning of love is found in the simple, heartfelt promises that parents make to their children. That's the premise of this somewhat sentimental but visually impressive book. Using debut author Zuckerman's rather familiar lines as a jumping-off point ('I will hold you 'til you sleep/ Safe and warm within my arms/ Dreams of springtime's gentle breezes/ While my lullaby surrounds you'), Muth (Zen Shorts) imagines a journey of life's milestone moments, from birth to adulthood. A verse that begins, 'I will kiss you when you fall,' for instance, movingly covers a wide span of years that includes both a tumble the boy hero takes from his bike when he's a grade-schooler and also his first heartbreak as a teenager. Muth's rendering of the father comforting the jilted boy is emotionally astute. 'When winter snows descend' inspires an image of the hero as a young man assisting and comforting his elderly mother. Muth graciously balances the weight of the scenes with an objective view, to keep this volume in the realm of the universal. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
John J Muth's art illuminates a loving wish for every child in this rare book that not only expresses a parent's love for their child, but offers a hope for what that love will become. Full color.
About the Author
Linda Zuckerman worked as a children's book editor for more than thirty-five years, and edited three Caldecott Medal books and two Newbery Honors. I Will Hold You 'Til You Sleep is her first work as an author. Ms. Zuckerman livs in Tigard, Oregon.
Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book ZEN SHORTS and its sequel, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling picture book ZEN TIES. Other beloved titles from Jon include THE THREE QUESTIONS, GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, and THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children.
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