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PreS-The award-winning singer has taken one of her songs and created a gorgeous picture book to accompany her voice on the CD included. The rhyming text could also be read to children. This recording is taken from the lullaby CD, The Merry Goes 'Round. In the song, she proclaims what she would do if she owned the sky and had the power to remove the clouds, leaving only the blue. Or if she were a rabbit or a fish or a carpenter or the rain, she would profess her love for her child in equally compassionate gestures. If the text is read without the music, some of the stanzas seem a bit awkward, but children will love the richly hued artwork that perfectly complements each phrase. Using watercolors and pastels, Bates portrays human and animal mothers and their offspring in gentle, loving scenes. Because of the lofty quality of the lyrics, the youngest listeners could have difficulty recognizing some words on the CD but fans of Jewel and her music will adore the combination.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The award-winning singer has taken one of her songs and created a gorgeous picture book to accompany her voice on the CD included. The rhyming text could also be read to children. This recording is taken from the lullaby CD, The Merry Goes ’Round. In the song, she proclaims what she would do if she owned the sky and had the power to remove the clouds, leaving only the blue. Or if she were a rabbit or a fish or a carpenter or the rain, she would profess her love for her child in equally compassionate gestures... children will love the richly hued artwork that perfectly complements each phrase. Using watercolors and pastels, Bates portrays human and animal mothers and their offspring in gentle, loving scenes. Because of the lofty quality of the lyrics, the youngest listeners could have difficulty recognizing some words on the CD but fans of Jewel and her music will adore the combination. (School Library Journal)

A mother’s love song is presented with appealing, appropriate illustrations.
Country singer Jewel composed and recorded a series of songs before her son Kase was born in July 2011. Most were released on the album The Merry Goes ’Round, but this one didn’t fit. Instead, it’s the basis for the new mother’s first children’s book. Bates has fancifully recreated song scenes using watercolor, gouache, pencil and pastels. A variety of objects—rabbits, goldfish, play house, rocking chair, hats and jewelry and the sun—appear in various iterations, inside and outdoors and, toward the end, together in baby's room. The mother paints the sun for baby's amusement, rocks him while giving him his bottle, and plays with him in a boat that looks much like a bathtub. They dance to bird song and admire themselves in a mirror. After a final rock in the chair, mother and baby end the story nose to nose. Butterflies flit through the pages, but the poem’s rhythm limps. Mothers who hope to share this tender sentiment with their own children would be wise to listen carefully to the accompanying CD. Rather than reading, it’s much easier to sing, “That's what I'd do, do, do, do, do. / ’Cause I love you, you, you, you, you..." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Book and CD edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442458135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442458130
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jewel is amazing!! This book is essentially the lyrics of a song that is included with the CD on the inside of the book jacket. The words when you read them make you tear up as a first time mom. I think this book's audience is really for the mom and her child as the book shows how much you love your baby. The words are so beautiful and her music--as always--is refreshing and makes you want to listen over and over again to learn the song by heart. The pictures are so expressive in pastels and show different poses of mom with child with the words fluidly curving across the pages.

Jewel is admirable as a singer-songwriter and has taken different career paths with starting out folksy, then popular, then back to her roots, into some country western stuff, and finally into childrens' music with her two albums, Lullaby and The Merry Goes 'Round. Her Sammy the Spider tune is my daughter's absolutely FAVORITE song ever and has prevented us from having to learn any other childrens' tunes. So Jewel's delving into book-writing is really another great avenue of her singer-songwriter abilities.

To share a personal aside, I saw Jewel in 2002 and again in 2008 in D.C. and Fort Worth, TX, respectively. She is hysterical (made my husband--who's a fan of Irish punk rock--laugh out loud many times). Jewel saved my daughter's mental state during a major surgery she needed recently at 7 months of life. So like all naive adoring fans, I feel a connection and feel that I owe the woman quite a bit.

So here's to you, Jewel Kilcher, and thank you for your life-saving talents!!
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I'm a huge fan and thought I'd get this for my 4 year old. The CD lyrics don't exactly match the book, so we couldn't use it for a book on tape. I like the message and pictures, but my daughter wasn't as impressed.
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Morning, noon and night the mother and toddler celebrate the bond between them as the mother sings a lullaby about everything she will do for her child.

Jewel draws the reader in as the rhyme begins with, “If I owned the sky, tell you what I’d do, Gather up the clouds and leave only the blue” and takes the reader along as she describes how she would make the sun different, gather food from the garden, change the rain into love, and speak wishes that come true, plus so much more. It is a wonderful tribute to early motherhood. I found myself wanting to read it over and over.

This picture book is suitable for home and school libraries for children between the ages of one through four. The book came with Jewel’s original CD of the lullaby, “That’s What I’d Do” making it easy for the reader to follow along in the story and feel the emotions of the author. The melody makes me want to dance with my toddler grandchild and find more things to share and celebrate, like ice cream cones, lollipops and butterfly kisses. Other activities the story inspired, that would be fun, are colored water painting on sidewalks, cut out fishes and write your wishes, then hang them on string in a row in the window or make a mobile.
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As others have said, the words of this book match (almost exactly) the lyrics of a song Jewel wrote and recorded. There is a CD of the song included with the book. The book is beautifully illustrated with the adventures and daydreams of a mother and child, and I loved it from the moment I opened it. I loved it even more once I heard the song that accompanies it - it's cute, not too slow or sappy, and the lyrics are inventive, fun, and well-written. My 3-year-old daughter loves for us to listen to the song and follow along with the lyrics in the book, and I do too. It's a catchy song, too, so sometimes we find ourselves singing it to each other even outside of our reading time. "That's what I'd do, do, do, do, do... cause I love you, you, you, you, you!" ...All in all, a great purchase - definitely recommend!
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I found this to be a delightful book to read and the CD is really lovely. I gave them as baby gifts, I hope they liked them as well as I.
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I purchased this as a baby shower gift for a co-worker. She had her baby on August 7th so the baby is about 6 weeks now. From what I've heard she is a pretty fussy baby but my co-worker said when she plays this cd, the baby calms down quickly. So this cd gets five stars in my book!
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I got this book for my 3 year old who loves jewel, as so I. My girl listens to her music every night at bedtime. We read this together for the first time and she was repeating the chorus back to me, "cause I love you, you, you..." Love that it comes with a cd of the song as well.
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GAVE THIS BOOK TO TWO YOUNG COUPLES WHO HAVE NEW BABIES..
SEEN JEWEL ON A TV PROGRAM AND DECIDED TO ORDER THEM.
WHAT WONDERFUL BOOKSL AND THE MOTYHERS WERE HAPPY TO RECIEVE
THE BOOKS. THANK YOU
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