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Let Me Hold You Longer [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kingsbury , Mary Collier
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2005 Logos Bookstores Award winner for Best Children’s Book
With lighthearted illustrations and a sweet, reflective tone, best-selling author Karen Kingsbury encourages parents to savor not only their children’s “firsts”—like first steps and first words—but the “lasts” as well. With the tenderness of a mother speaking directly to her child, Karen reminds us not to miss last days of kindergarten and last at bats in Little League amidst the whirlwind of life. Adapted from a poem in Rejoice, mothers and grandmothers everywhere will identify with the tenderhearted reflections in Let Me Hold You Longer.

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From the Back Cover

Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has created a touching reminder that the years of childhood fly too quickly by us.

Most of us faithfully remember and capture our children’s “firsts.” Karen encourages readers to try to recognize and savor the often-fleeting “lasts”―those milestones that so easily go unrecorded.

The illustrations by Mary Collier provide a lighthearted portrayal of everyday family life . . . pictures we can all relate to. You and your children of all ages will smile, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear over them together.

Let Me Hold You Longer is a heartwarming reminder of the precious process of growing up and the joys of watching it happen.

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury is currently America's best-selling inspirational author. She has written more than 30 of her Life-Changing Fiction titles and has nearly 5 million books in print. Dubbed by Time magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers, and one of her novels-Gideon's Gift-is under production for an upcoming major motion picture release. Her emotionally gripping titles include the popular Redemption series, the Firstborn series, Divine, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, Oceans Apart, and A Thousand Tomorrows.Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest and are parents to one girl and five boys, including three adopted from Haiti.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10768 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEB3B56
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and emotional read! January 16, 2005
By S. Ford
I received this wonderful book as a Christmas gift. It is written truly from the HEART! And whenever I read it, it felt like I had written it straight from MINE. I could not keep from tearing up. It sends such a wonderful reminder message to us that our children do not stay little forever. Even though we all know that, we tend to get busy with day-to-day life and let the little things slip away with time. One important thing this book points out is that we tend to have pictures and records of important FIRSTS of our children, but we don't have those for the LASTS, because we never know when the last time they do something is going to come, and we're not looking for the lasts, as we look for the firsts. I could go on and on about this beautifully written and illustrated book, but you need to read it for yourself. I'm sure your heart will be touched as mine, and you will feel like Karen Kingsbury looked deep into YOUR heart and wrote down everything she saw.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can I say? May 12, 2006
By Pam
I don't know that I can add much to what other reviewers of this book have stated so eloquently, but I loved the book so much that I wanted to add my two cents. I bought the book two days ago at a book fair, and as I read it out loud (along with its very moving introduction) to my husband on our drive home from work that day, I was so choked up I couldn't even get the words out. Not only is the book perfectly rhymed (bad rhyming is such a pet peeve of mine!), but it touched me more deeply than any other book I have ever read as a parent. Most importantly, it makes me appreciate even more all of the wonderful things my two-year-old son and one-year-old daughter do and say every day. It also gave me a "preview" of so many precious moments still to come. I am ordering multiple copies to give as gifts, because this very special book must be shared! Thank you, Karen. I look forward to getting my hands on your other books as soon as possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Me Hold You Longer December 1, 2005
By Megan B
My son's second grade teacher sent the book home for me to read to him for a read aloud. As I began to read I could feel the tears welling up. This story is beautifully told in rhyme which my son loved. It really makes you think about the importance of appreciating life now.My son has been a hand full to raise and then there are the moments that only a parent can appreciate- the whisper of " I love you" when you kiss him good night or the sad sigh and whispered prayer when he sees a dead animal on the side of the road. This book makes you take a look at the child God has blessed you with and to appreciate the little moments that will soon be gone as he matures into adulthood.

The pictures are delightful as well. I especially loved the one of the young boy holding a flower - root and all- and handing it to his mother. An all too familiar scene that many can appreciate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MADE ME CRY May 31, 2006
This book was given to me by my mother for Mother's Day. This book made me cry unabashadly. It made me think of my little boy's firsts (he is 4 years old). And it also made me cry for the firsts of my little girl (10 months old). This book will make you stop and appreciate each moment that you have with your children.

A wonderful by for any mother!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, rhyming picturebook November 5, 2004
Let Me Hold You Longer is a beautiful, rhyming picturebook about the all too transitory joys of childhood and growing up. Warm, playful color illustrations add depth to the wistful verses that are a joy to read aloud to young ones. "The last piano lesson, / last vacation to the lake. / Your last few weeks of middle school, / last soccer goal you make. // I look ahead and dream of days / that haven't come to pass. / But as I do, I sometimes miss / today's sweet, precious lasts...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Touching! March 31, 2006
By Becka
I have loved and read most all of Karen's books. She touches my heart in a way other books don't.

We became grandparents over a year ago and when I read about this book I knew it would be one I had to get for my daughter and grandson. I read it as soon as I got it and had moist eyes all the way through. My daughter loves it also.

The book talks about not firsts in a childs life but lasts. Last time to be picked up and held as a child. Last day to take a bottle, etc. It is poignant.

I will continue to read Karen's books and admire her as a wife, mother and auther.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a precious book to share with your son... April 20, 2006
This book came highly recommened to me by a friend of mine. Upon reading the book for the first time, I had NO idea what an array of emotions would flood my thoughts. This is sweet book that reminds us moms how quickly our children grow up and how we should not only be reminded of the "firsts", but be blessed by the "last." A must for any mommy of that has been blessed with a son.

Happy Reading!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 10, 2004
Very touching book. An excellent reminder to enjoy our children while they are little and to not be in such a hurry to have them grow up. I personally have it sitting around more as a reminder to myself than a book that I read to my children, however I have read it to my children and they did enjoy looking at the attractive illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the lasts!
I love this book! Some people think it is depressing, but I see it as a reminder and encouragement to enjoy every minute with your child because time passes quickly. Read more
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More About the Author

No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.

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