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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416928111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416928119
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one," opens McGhee's (A Very Brave Witch) understated yet emotion-charged expression of a mother's love and hopes for her child. Reynolds's (The Dot) spare, wispy pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict the narrator and her daughter sharing everyday moments that mark milestones in the girl's maturation: the mother watches snowflakes "melt on your baby skin" and crosses the street as her little one grasps her hand. A transitional spread first reveals the youngster on a tricycle, aided by her mother, and then riding solo on a bicycle ("Then, you were my baby,/ and now you are my child"). Quietly the emotion builds, as the mother thinks of the future in store for her daughter, its joys and sorrows: "Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you." Here Reynolds depicts the woman, older than she was at the book's start, on the left, gazing forlornly across the white expanse of the spread. The narrative comes full circle, as the parent looks ahead to a day, "a long time from now," when her daughter's own hair will "glow silver in the sun." Handlettering by Reynolds augments the story's deeply personal quality, which will resonate with both new and seasoned mothers. All ages. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—A mother speaks to her young daughter of milestones to come in her life, first recalling her infancy ("One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one"), and then contemplating her future ("Someday you will swing high—so high, higher than you ever dared to swing"), her adulthood ("Someday I will watch you brushing your child's hair"), and her old age ("Someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun. And when that day comes, love, you will remember me"). The pen, ink, and watercolor sketches have the same soft sentimentality as the text. The artist's use of white space and hand-printed letters gives a childlike innocence to the book. However, its greeting-card quality will appeal more to new mothers and gift-givers than to children. Barbara M. Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1991) is a better choice for libraries.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Customer Reviews

I cried every time I read the book.
Pati Chandler
This is such a lovely book with such a special message, it is a great book for a child or a parent.
jeri Buddenhagen
Gave the book to my daughter as a gift for her to read to her daughter.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Bee on March 11, 2007
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This book is beautiful and moving. The illustrations are cute and fun, there's very little text, just one or two sentences on each page under the drawing.
In simple beautiful words the author takes her daughter from her birth to the day when she will be a mother herself, and ultimately be old and cherish the memory of her Mom.
It is amazing how such simple illustrations and words can convey such strong emotions.
This is a book that every Mom will treasure. Reading it will likely bring tears to her eyes, and sharing it with her child will be a special moment...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Baker on October 28, 2011
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I rarely read children's books, but when I do, I like to read them out loud to children. Yes, this is a beautiful book, but buyer beware - it is targeted at your heartstrings and it will hit hard and fast. I don't think I could find any parent (or parent on deck) that could possibly read this without tearing up. I'm not sure how it is from the children's perspective to watch their parents attempt to emotionally come to terms with their departure from their children's lives, but I bet it's rather unsettling. This written for parents - not children.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TRLK on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't even know how to rate this book. If you want to have your day ruined, it's great at doing that. It's a beautiful book but so very sad.

My mom gave me this for my first Mother's Day when my daughter was only a couple months old. I started getting teary but when I got to the last page I was devastated. I just wasn't expecting it to be such a sad book.

Then today I thought I'd try reading it a second time, my daughter is now a year old, and I thought maybe it was just the postpartum hormones that got to me the first time I'd read it. But no, it's the book. I was bawling again.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ann Douglas on October 4, 2007
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SOMEDAY is a mother's heartfelt storybook wish for her child -- that her child will grow up healthy, experience great joys, and someday have a family of her own. It's also a wish that she will be lovingly remembered by her child ("Someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun. And when that day comes, love, you will remember be.") The book is reminiscent of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever, but the storyline is simpler and more realistic. The illustrations complement the story beautifully. Highly recommended.
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75 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 2, 2008
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I will start with saying that the illustrations in the book are lovely; utterly enchanting. What I don't understand is why one would want to saddle their little ones with forethoughts of grief. When the reader has reached the last page, the ultimate conclusion is that someday your mom will be dead and you will be old and thinking about her. At least this tale isn't quite as dark and bizarre as 'Love You Forever' but it still has quite a morose undercurrent. As in Wendell Berry's 'The Peace of Wild Things' I find it more invigorating to dwell in the joy of the here and now. I will find another book that conveys the extent of my love for my children without resorting to such depressing sentimentality.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Blackburn on February 15, 2007
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this is a beautiful story about the hopes and dreams a mother has for her child. as a mother myself, i deeply connected with this book. i am buying it for my girlfriends for a mother's day gift--i know they'll all enjoy reading it with their children.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2007
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The first time I read this book was in a bookstore where I fought valiantly against the urge to cry copiously. Yesterday, during both readings of my daughter's newly arrived copy, I found my voice breaking and tears starting. In simple prose and spare but beautiful drawings, this book does a simply wonderful job of summing up the complexities of a mother's love for her daughter. I can't think of another book that more perfectly expresses the love I feel for my little girl. I love how the book begins with the newborn and ends with the newborn as an old woman. It led to a discussion with my daughter of how I was once a baby in my own mother's arms and how I have grown to have a daughter of my own. The book does such a lovely job of describing this circle of life. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. I highly recommend this for any mother of a daughter--no matter how young or old your little girl.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mister hernandez on March 28, 2007
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I can think of no better book for a mother to give her daughter right now. Peter H. Reynolds has done his best to inspire a new generation of readers through his works, notably, The Dot (Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards), and here he teams with Alison McGhee to create a book of memories, I think, any mom would be proud to share with her daughter. The book traces significant moments in a girl's life from infancy through adulthood, chronicling both achievements and heartache along the way. The soft-hued illustrations complement the simple, repetitive text and make the book appropriate for the youngest of readers. If you don't find yourself tearing up at the end, you're not human. I can't wait for McGhee and Reynolds to collaborate on a book for fathers and their sons.
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