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That's What I'd Do Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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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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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!!
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandson loves this book and the sound of Jewel's voice singing. A great bedtime story!Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Zacharias
Definitely one of those books I look forward to sharing with my little one someday, should I be so lucky. Thanks for sharing, Jewel.Published 24 months ago by Erin King
This is a beautiful book. I cannot wait to read it and listen to the song. Just waiting for my lil one to age to the paper book stage. I dont want him to rip the pages yet. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by ryan
What a beautiful book & CD! I ordered several copies for family members who have young children, and the reaction was universal--they & their children all loved it!Published on March 21, 2014 by kathy
JEWEL IS LOVELY AND WITH A VOICE OF AN ANGEL! HAVE SEEN HER ON "THE CHEW" TV SHOW SEVERAL TIMES AND HEARD HER SPEAK OF HER CHILD & HUSBAND. WHAT A SWEET LADY. LOVE THIS!Published on February 24, 2014 by Patti Kennemore
I ordered this book as a gift to a couple that adopted a new born - I have seen Jewel on TVPublished on December 21, 2013 by Lil
I'm trying to be a better Mom. This was a perfect gift for Mother's day. Playful and hopeful in motherhood.Published on October 24, 2013 by Anna