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The Wonderful Things You Will Be
by Emily Winfield Martin


Overview - The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever A perfect gift for recent grads

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.
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Overview
The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever A perfect gift for recent grads

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385376716
  • ISBN-10: 0385376715
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 36
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

The wealth of possibilities contained within even the tiniest child is the subject of Martin’s (Day Dreamers) love letter from parent to offspring: “When you were too small/ To tell me hello,/ I knew you were someone/ I wanted to know.” This potential can be seen in everything children do, from working in a garden (“Will you learn what it means/ To help things to grow?”) to bandaging a toy bear. The book concludes with a double gatefold, drawn as a proscenium-style curtain, that reveals a group of eccentrically costumed children (a robot, a pencil, a log) to represent the idea of becoming “anybody/ That you’d like to be.” Martin’s characters generally exhibit a preternatural sense of self-possession, but this book’s subject matter adds another layer of meaning to the poised poker faces on display. Her children are so serious (even when swinging on a swing) and so unflappable (even when tailoring a pair of pants for a squirrel) that they convey not just hope for the future, but a sense of manifest destiny. Ages 3–7. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Aug.)

 
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