- Age Range: 3 and up
- Series: Little Melody Press Series
- Board book: 24 pages
- Publisher: Brighter Child Interactive (February 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577911512
- ISBN-13: 978-1577911517
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Hope You Dance (Little Melody Press Series) Board book – February, 2005
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About the Author
Mark D. Sanders is a songwriter and father and soccer coach who lives in Nashville with his wife, Cindy, and children. He's had #1 songs recorded by George Strait, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson and a slew of others.
Tia Sillers is a songwriter and a gardener who counts her parents among her best friends. When not writing, she follows her recording-artist husband around the globe. She's had hits with the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Pam Tillis, Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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the people enjoyed the Memorial Ceremony.
This book by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers includes a CD of the song by Ms. Womack, as well as a foreward by her. The book has the song lyrics sprinkled throughout, complemented nicely by inspirational passages.
I recommend this book for any parents or parents-to-be who want to offer their child (of any age) something loving and inspirational to turn to through the years.
I did dock a star because the messages in the book that accompanied the song occasionally came off as a little too..mushy. I'm really not that harsh a critic, not of books like these, but the beautiful words of inspiration were, a couple of times, replaced by words that were definitely too syrupy for my taste. I prefer truly moving messages and stories to speak for themselves, but it occassionally seemed like the authors wanted to hammer the point home, overdo the sentimentality, and even make their message serious and cheerfully bouncy at the exact same time (trust me, that doesn't work). For ex: throughout the book, the lyrics of the song are printed in large bold letters in order to differentiate them from the authors' separate words of inspiration. Usually, the pages featuring the lyrics had no other words on them, but at one point, right above the words of Womack's moving song, the authors' placed a bulletin that said, "Attention! This is BIG stuff!" Considering the fact that Leann's song more than speaks for itself and doesn't need any extra emotional boosting, I found those additional words annoying and almost jarring to the flow of the song and its message.
Elsewhere in the book, as I mentioned before, the sentimentality goes into overdrive. One page is dedicated entirely to love and begins with the words, "Love, love, love. You have to love." Yick, yick. It's nice to compliment the song with additional words of motivation, but we don't need an interpretive page with every selection of the song. In another part of the book, while speaking of youth, the narrator says, "Ah, youth..new skin, wide smiles, clear eyes..the future so bright. If only we could bottle it up, sip it now and again.." This sounded more to me like a bad commercial for a fountain of youth than a motivational speech. I don't mean to sound cynical, I usually love gift books, but the tone in this one was sometimes just too sweet for my taste.
I also didn't particularly care for the version of the song in the bonus CD. There's a mainstream version with soft rock music and female voices in the background (which I prefer) and there's a country version with male voices in the background and the occassional awful twangy instruments; this one's the latter. If you like country music, good for you, but I don't like the country version of this song.
There are plenty of good points of this book to make up for the disappointments, of course. The song is wonderful, whether you hear it or read it, and some of the separate words in the book were lovely to read. My favorite part of the book's text, other than the song, was a beautiful little haiku that the authors wrote called "You", celebrating every individual. The photographs are also gorgeous, from grinning children to nature scenery. A beautiful package, altogether.
Now, if they'd only make a gift book celebrating the beautiful song "Private Malone"..