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I'll Be There Hardcover – March 22, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076364711X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647117
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the companion to Stott and Phelan�s Always (2008), a red-headed boy and his mother test the tension between independence and connection in a gentle, uplifting ode to the parent-child bond. During a walk with his mother, the boy sprints ahead and climbs onto a low rock wall. As he balances, he asks his mother about his babyhood, and she responds reassuringly. She fed him and bathed him and dressed him and loved him. At the book�s center, the boy assumes the narrative, telling his mother all of the same things he can now do on his own, for himself and for her. Images of the walk are interspersed with snapshots of the scenes that both characters describe, and Phelan�s warm, sketchy watercolors in a restrained palette of blues, greens, and grays with orange accents reinforce the sweet sentiment. While the touching story, with its simple text and accessible images, is easily suitable for story hour, this will doubtless be a favorite for sharing at home, as well. Preschool-Grade 2. --Thom Barthelmess

About the Author

Ann Stott is a children’s book designer and the author of Always, illustrated by Matt Phelan. About I’ll Be There, she says, "It dawned on me one day that I hadn’t tied my son’s sneakers in months. I suddenly realized that there were many things that I no longer had to do for him. He was growing up." Ann Stott lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of Always by Ann Stott. His graphic novel, The Storm in the Barn, was awarded the Scott O’Dell Award for nonfiction. About I’ll Be There, he says, "When I was a boy, I never passed up the chance to walk on a stone wall. I’m still tempted by them today." Matt Phelan lives in Philadelphia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh R. Lankford on June 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kids eagerly await the day they can do many things on their own, without the help of Mom and Dad. Still, getting older and becoming more independent can be a little scary. A mother and young son reminisce on all the things his mom once did for him that he can now do himself. The little boy, proud of all that he can now do by himself, still wants to ensure his mom will always be there, "Will you still take care of me when I'm big?" While encouraging her son's independence, she assures him, "...I'll be there."

I loved the way this book depicted through illustrations and words the little boy growing up, from a baby through early elementary school years. I love that this book has a simple story line without skimping on text! It's sweet, easy to follow, and yet still intriguing! The way the mother describes to her son just how she used to help him take baths and read him bedtime stories such warmed my heart as a mom. Not only will kids love this book, but Mom will as well!

Though my baby is young - and much younger than the recommended age for this book, which is 3-7, we have read this book four times in the past two weeks, and she has attended to the pictures and the story being read. (I should mention that this cannot be said for every book we read.) And I think she will appreciate this book when she is older and can do some of the things this little boy can now do!

I would recommend this book!
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