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
What every mother (and parent) wishes for her child is a chance to live life at its fullest. McGhee and Reynolds have taken this idea and turned it into a poignant yet simple and pure picture book that will touch readers of all ages. Full color.
An inspirational tale captures a mother's wondrous wishes for her child's happiness to discover everything beautiful and grand that life has to offer! 100,000 first printing.
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."