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K-Gr 2—Parents, especially first-time moms, will get the most from reading or sharing this story with lively and sweet illustrations that capture a mother's pride as she sees her son through the precious moments of childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. ("God has plans, can't wait to see,/"Whatever you grow up to be.") Life offers many paths to take, and the boy's juvenile dreams of being a prince, a football player, or a rock star eventually give way to graduating college, becoming a businessman, and then marrying and having a family of his own. Narrating in rhyming verse, the mother pledges support no matter which direction he chooses to pursue and revels in the wonder of possibilities—artist, doctor, chef, astronaut, and farmer among them—now ahead for her grandchild. Appropriately toned scripture quotations caption each scene, further supporting the overall reassuring message of tenderness and joy from one generation to another.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.



Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Valeria’s academic background focused initially in Fine Arts. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Graphic Design & Visual Communication. Valeria now illustrates for publishers around the world and investigates the use of new methods and materials in a constant pursuit of new expressive forms.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; New edition edition (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310716462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310716464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Whatever You Grow Up to Be by Karen Kingsbury is a very cute book about a mother talking to her son about when he grows up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dustybug on May 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
From newborn to adult, a child is always the center of their mother's heart. Watch this mother and son duo through the years as their relationship grows and changes. God has unlimited possibilities ahead of a young child and Christian mothers always desire to point their children towards His will and purpose for their lives, whatever that may be.

Whatever You Grow Up to Be by Karen Kingsbury is a 32 page hardback book is written for children ages 4 to 8. It has whimsical illustrations full of color and delight that accompany simple rhymes and Scriptures. Each page shows a new stage in a boy's life as he grows into the man that God designed him to become. His mother is always there as a source of encouragement and support along the way.

I found this book very touching. It pulls on a mother's heartstrings and reminds us that childhood is fleeting and that we only have a short time to be an influence on the young ones that have been entrusted to our care. While this message is clear to parents, there is also an important lesson for children: God has a plan for every single one of us and we should be faithful and true on any path he leads us on.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on April 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a super cute and colorful book for young children, written by one of my personal favorite authors. Whatever You Grow Up to Be is a timeless journey of a mother and son that is captured in the story of a boy’s growth from childhood to fatherhood. From birth to football games to college graduation, a mother reminds her son that life is filled with possibilities and that God has a plan for him – whatever he grows up to be.
The illustrations are colorful and kid-friendly. There is even key Bible versus on each page (age development story) to emphasize that God has a plan for him as well the special bond between a mother and her son.
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By Jalynn Patterson on April 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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'Ten little toes right from the start Make footprints on your mommy's heart!' The timeless journey of a mother and son is poignantly captured in the story of a boy's growth from childhood to fatherhood. From birth to football games to college graduation, a mother reminds her son that life is filled with possibilities and that God has a plan for him---whatever he grows up to be!

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year.

An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

My Review:

As touching as those precious moments are with your sweet baby boy, so are the poignant poetry contained in Karen Kingsbury's latest, Whatever You Grow Up To Be. As a mom of three boys, I know how exhausting, chaotic, and downright smelly life with them can be. But I also know about and store deep in my heart those times that they are running at you with a slimy frog because they just want to show you what they were lucky enough to find in the grass as they ran out to play.
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Format: Hardcover
Whatever You Grow Up to Be, written by Karen Kingsbury and illustrated by Valeria Docampo, is a delightful little book that tells the journey of a mother and her boy from the time he is a little baby until he is married with a baby of his own.

A mother's love is like no other. When a tiny baby comes into her life, a Mom has no idea how this little guy will change her life. But as Karen Kingsbury writes, "Ten little toes right from the start, make footprints on your mommy's heart!"

In this book, as the boy grows, a variety of possible future occupations are seen, all of which are viewed by the mother's watchful eye. She has no way of knowing how the story of his life will actually play, but her love will support him in whatever he grows up to be.

The book cycles around through his life and ends with him getting married and having a baby boy of his own. Once again, the mother discovers that those "Ten little toes, right from the start make footprints on his grandma's heart."

The illustrations are bright and colorful and would be attractive to a child's eyes. Children can identify with the occupations this little boy is "trying out". Each two-page spread also includes a verse of Scripture. The only slight downside to this book is that the verses are very small and in
a light print. I almost missed them!

Since my "baby boy" is getting married in July, I read through this book with tears in my eyes. Time goes by so quickly and I found myself reminiscing as I saw my own little boy in many of situations. I was pleased to see a mother portrayed as a loving and supportive person throughout her child's life. I would recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
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