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And Here's to You! Hardcover – March 8, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (March 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763614270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763614270
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-A life-affirming look at nature's beings. The lively, rhyming text celebrates different creatures, including "The Feather People" (birds), "The Bubble People" (fish), "The Leggy People" (bugs), "The Purring People" (cats), "The Giving People" (cows), and "The People People" (humans). Finally, the focus is placed on readers: "And here's to you!/The You Person!/You!/Here's to the sweet you,/The messy and the neat you,/The funny-way-you-eat you-. The total and complete you." The effervescent, entertaining cartoons, done in oils, perfectly complement the narrative. Together, the words and pictures create a powerful package that conveys a sense of appreciation for all living things.
Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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About the Author

David Elliott is the author of THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS and THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF ROSCOE WIZZLE. He says of AND HERE'S TO YOU!, "My neighbor’s rooster and I were having a disagreement. I wanted to sleep in the morning; he wanted to crow. The rooster won, of course. The first verse of AND HERE'S TO YOU! is a tribute to his victory and to the joys found in simply following your nature."

Randy Cecil is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated many books for children, including ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre. Of AND HERE'S TO YOU!, he says, "It’s about time that the eels and wasps got to join in on the fun with the bears and kittens!"

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It's fun to read and the story and pictures are great!
Audrey Birdsall
It reminds you that you are worth something in this world, that you are loved despite what problems you are facing or what other people are making you feel.
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This is a wonderful book that I have read to my grandchildren over and over.
Marcia Larkin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leslie D. Ehrlich on May 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book that uses word play and utterly charming rhymes to spark kids' imagination about all kinds of critters -- from the "furry people" (cats) to the "people people". Read it straight for the sheer pleasure of the rhymes and illustrations; you'll giggle out loud and your kids will giggle right along with you. Or, use it interactively ("who do you think are the furry people?"), or reach even deeper for lessons about diversity and tolerance.
Want a sample? The book was read on the air on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday program on Saturday, May 8th. Hear audio or get a transcript on NPR's site.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After reading many Candlewick books, it appears you're practically guaranteed a great children's book if they've published it. "And Here's To You" is no exception. It features creative poems, fantastic illustrations, and quality production (e.g., sturdy pages, excellent color reproduction, etc.) This book celebrates diversity and individuality without going preachy or too new-agey. In other words, it's a book that almost any kid is going to love. David Elliott's rhyming tributes to various animals are clever, fun, and winning:

"Here's to the fish!

The Bubble People!

Fish!

Here's to the spiny ones,

The river and the briny ones,

The toothy and the eely ones,

All squishy squishy-feely ones

Oh, I love the fish!"

The animal pictures are bright and vividly colored illustrations, swirling with texture from Randy Cecil's oil on paper technique. To accompany the `dogs' poem, Cecil draws a girl surrounded by dogs who are fetching, howling, sleeping, sitting, and licking.

"Here's to the dogs!

The Dreaming People!

Dogs!

Here's to the howling ones.

The running, yipping, yowling ones,

All go and fetch stick ones,

The LICK LICK LICK LICK LICK ones.

Oh, I love the dogs!"

The imaginative people metaphor is a wonderful conceit, authentically egocentric for its young audience. There are additional poems and pictures about birds, bears, bugs ("The Leggy People!"), cats, cows ("The Giving People"), and finally, people ("The People People!") and "you" ("The You Person!"): "... Oh, how I love you! The You Person! You Person You! Yes! You! I love you!"

It's even more warm and fun than it sounds. A bighearted book, beautifully realized.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "beanmonster" on March 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The story is simple (designed for children) and it celebrates a variety of creatures from frogs to cows to people to "you." I thought the whimsical illustrations really made this book great. The insects and the frogs especially made me smile. This is a nice keepsake, not a throwaway kid book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd H on October 2, 2006
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This wonderful book is tough to find in our local bookstores, but luckily we've been able to order many through Amazon to give as gifts. AND HERE'S TO YOU is filled with beautiful full-page pictures that our 8-month old daughter loves to look at and touch. The story is about appreciating all that is around us, the birds, the dogs, the bugs and ourselves! I highly recommend this book for your child and as gifts for all kids you know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth AW McElroy on June 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found this book a year ago for my 1 1/2 year old. A year later and it is still one of our favorites. In fact, it has become my favorite baby shower gift. The pictures are amazing and I love the message that all God's creatures are wonderful! It is a perfect book to make any child feel loved and special!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Expressive illustrations. Dynamic text. Imaginative and inspiring. Kids can't put this book down, along with Drum, Chavi, Drum! Both are highly recommended as FUN books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helveticat on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you like this book, look for "The Friendly Book", written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams. It's a Golden Book written in 1954 and republished in "A Garth Williams Treasury of Best-Loved Golden Books" in 2001. It must have been the model for "And Here's to You". Both of these stories are wonderful to read aloud and have beautiful illustrations. Both are classics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Stewart on August 20, 2005
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We bought this book after hearing Daniel Pinkwater review it on NPR. Our daughter, at 16 mos, is just in the couple of months sitting through slightly longer books, and this one is her current favorite. She gives it to us to read at least 3 times a day. It has a nice rhythm, great pictures, and is warm and happy. We give this one to all new families as the first book we buy them.
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