The Wonderful Things You Will Be

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From School Library Journal

PreS—Childhood is a time full of potential, and Martin celebrates this promise in this work. The general premise of Dr. Seuss’s classic, Oh, The Places You’ll be able to Go is pared down to elegant simplicity. “Will you rise up for good/By saving the day?/Or play a song only you/Know how to play?” At the same time as the rhyming text falters a bit in spots, the word choice overall is spare, inspiring, and accessible to preschoolers. Children are encouraged to be kind, clever, and bold, to care for the small, and to help things grow. Martin’s oil paintings have the same retro, mid-century feel as her other illustrations, with large-eyed children of many ethnicities playing, gardening, and sharing together. VERDICT A go-to gift for new parents, and a potential bedtime favorite for many children.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC

Review

“Her children are so serious… and so unflappable… that they convey not just hope for the future, but a sense of manifest destiny.” — Publishers Weekly starred review

“Sweet but not saccharine and singsong but not forced, Martin’s text is one so that you can invite rereadings as it affirms parental wishes for children At the same time as admirably keeping child readers at its heart.”
Kirkus starred review

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The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and ceaselessly!  From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses the entire loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and on occasion humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, it is a book grown-ups will love reading time and again 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 so that you can endure for lifetimes.