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Someday Hardcover – May 10, 2007

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Children will savor each page of this delightful book that alternates between Someday and the present. Goldie dreams of a busy future as an archaeologist, an animal scientist, an Olympic gymnast, and more. On the alternate pages she enjoys being a kid and hones the skills that she will need to achieve those goals–digging, counting, cartwheels–all those things that look like playing. Winstead's stylish art is a perfect fit for the whimsical text. The adorable little girl is all spindly limbs, buck-teeth, and flyaway hair, even in her dreams of adulthood. Observant readers will have fun comparing and contrasting the background elements in the someday/right now pairs of pages as they read this empowering book again and again.–June Wolfe, Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA
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A small girl dreams of someday digging for dinosaur bones and finding a "T. rex," even if today what she is digging for are "coins / under the sofa cushions. / Quarters! Dimes! Nickels! / Enough for a Popsicle." Someday she will be an Olympic gymnast, even if today she is practicing cartwheels in the backyard mud. The plain, poetic words and the clear, exuberant, double-page collages show not only the girl's wild fantasies of global adventure, but also the fun at home right now, whether she is shaking food flakes into the bowl of her pet goldfish, watching two baby owls get ready to fly for the first time, or gobbling jelly beans. Young children will recognize the excitement of the small daily things, as well as the dreams of glory. Rochman, Hazel
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
We all want our kids to dream, and dream big. But never have I read such a glistening example of a how a child's dreams co-exist with her (and with our adult) realities, until I picked up Eileen Spinelli's Someday.

With lyrical lines such as, "Someday I will make friends with a dolphin. I will call her Wilma. I will ask Wilma to tell me all the secrets of the sea, and she will. Someday...", followed on the opposite page with, "Right now I am flaking fish food flakes into the bowl where my pet goldfish pumpkin lives. He blows tiny bubbles but doesn't talk to me. Maybe goldfish don't have secrets to tell..." the author creates a timeless expose of the wonder years.

Thirty-two pages of beautifully illustrated (Rosie Winstead) lines remind us parents that kids really do have the power to be everyone, and everything. It reminds us that the possibilities truly are endless. Which is a delightful thing to be reminded of.
-Reviewed by Jill Mackenzie
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A charming and delightful book, Someday encourages children to imagine a world beyond their own and assures them that although their every day life may seem boring now, the future is for them to create. This is one book I never tire of reading to my daughter, and it will be on our gift list for every girl we know.
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Eileen Spinelli's picturebook Someday is brilliant. Strong female characters are always easy to gravitate to - and Spinelli's hero in this picturebook story is one to remember and has universal appeal. (In fact, she is reminiscent of Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl. I guess it all makes sense being that Jerry Spinelli based his Stargirl character on his wife and best friend Eileen! As an upper elementary school to high school teacher, imagine having your students investigate this wonderful picturebook as a possible prequel to Stargirl!!)

The text starts out: "Someday I am going to be an artist. I will wear a blue smock. I will carry my pants to the beach..." The affirming and confident text represents the main character's strong voice. This voice and all the little girl expects to be one day is also reminiscent of the international best-seller The Secret. (The Secret's notion of thinking and imagining confidently.) This little girl does just that!
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Buy this book and read it aloud to anyone and everyone who will listen.
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Summer offers a break in routines, a chance to explore, relax, have adventures and spend time with family and friends. Kids can daydream, play, enjoy hobbies and use this break to discover things about themselves, their world and the people around them. Here are a few wonderful “summer reads” for kids. Each one is a winner.

someday.2.Someday by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Rosie Winstead strikes a dreamlike tone through its delicate collage illustration. Using a classic style of repetition, Spinelli highlights the broad possibilities pairing various Somedays and Todays. A young girl shares her dreams for the future and contrasts them with ways she spends her days. Unbridled imagination infuses her dreams for her future. But this celebration of possibility does not diminish her willingness to live her todays with joy and adventure. This provides a balance of finding contentment in the now while imagining and pursuing the future.

For example, she imagines herself Someday unearthing dinosaur bones and being featured on the news. Today, by contrast, she is”digging for coins under the sofa cushions.” She also fantasizes Someday befriending dolphins and learning “all the secrets of the sea” from them. This contrasts with a Today in which she feeds her goldfish who remain silent keeping their secrets to themselves.

Someday is a pleasant read that invites the reader’s imagination to soar while it reminds them to enjoy the delights of the present moments. Five stars

Adoption-attuned Lens: This is a great book for adoptive families to read. Its very premise invites exploration of the future, the present and how one can build on the other.
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What a GREAT story! I used it as a model for a class book we made in my 3rd Grade class. My students loved it! They hope "Someday" to get together and see if their "Somedays" came true.
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Definitely my favorite story to read to my kids (ages 7 and 9). In addition to being extremely well-written and illustrated, it's a very inspirational book for little girls (and big girls too). The book tells the story of a girl who has big dreams (not your typical "I want to be famous" dreams), but meeting with the president, solving world peace issues, becoming an archeologist, and other dreams that your typical little girl might not think of on her own.
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Really fun, super sweet read. I read the review picking apart all the "somedays" and I get what she's saying and even agree with it but my daughter and I still really enjoyed the whimsy and sweetness of this book. I'd still recommend it.
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Someday is an excellent and inspiring book about a girl who dreams about becoming something great and what she is doing today to help her get there.
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