Title: The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Author and Illustrator: Emily Winfield Martin
Publisher: Random House
Source: My Library
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.
This is the first time there has ever been a you, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do.
Doesn’t that tug at your heart-strings? Keep reading this book and your heart-strings will be constantly tugged at! It inspired the below rhyming lines (also part of my review)!
It is super sweet, but not cloyingly so,
reminding me of ‘Oh, The places you’ll go!‘.
It’s a great read for parents to be,
for parents who are newbies,
and for those soon-to-be
empty nesters too, truly!
The book conveys what is in every parent’s heart – the wish for all those limitless, wonderful possibilities for their child. It encourages kids to dream wide and dream big and dream the impossible and encourages acceptance and support from parents for those dreams. The wish that their child will shine not just in the career they chose (whatever it maybe), but also in character. The delightful rhymes and whimsical illustrations highlight the uniqueness and potential of each and every child. I love the diversity of characters in the book and also have to make a mention of that the interests and activities as well as potential jobs portrayed are so wonderfully free of stereotypes! The details in the illustrations include so many delightful surprises – great for a eye-spy activity.
Emily Winfield Martin’s sweet rhymes that flow smoothly for a read-aloud type of day and her colorful adorable illustrations that perfectly match the words make this book a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
The little ones (and even older kids) will enjoy being read to, and will enjoy looking at the illustrations, seeing themselves in the pictures. Parents, teachers, and kids alike will treasure it for what it is – a wonderful thing!
This book is to be read, enjoyed, loved, and gifted!
Reading Level: All ages
Reread Level: 5/5 (sweetness!)
Free Activity Planner:
You can view/download a planner for activities around this book here. Note that these activities are just suggestions from me as I read the book, and explored and discovered related activities. Links to existing activity planners elsewhere are also included.
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Question to you, dear readers: What is your favorite gift for parents to be? Do let me know and I will make a note of it 🙂
A Gift Guide For You With All Things Wonderful – A Perfect Baby-Shower Gift (or maybe even some of it can be part of a graduation gift)
Writing this post as a series for the Ultimate Blog Challenge and Write 31 Days. 31 Days, 31 Books! This is for Day Twenty (catching up is what I am doing)