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You Belong Here Hardcover – July 1, 2016
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A narrator whispers sweet assurances of belonging in the ear of a beloved, invoking animals analogous habitats and hollows to bring the comforting ascriptions powerfully home. Watercolor illustrations utilize every gradation of gray to achieve astonishing, soft specificity and alternatively show human houses and animal homes in the natural world. Mellow reds, greens, and yellows crop up here and there, serving as keen testaments to the power of placement in the scenes they depict. Lovingly constructed, reliable rhymes, with pleasing pendular swings, might cause listeners to hug themselves tightly and smile. And the trees belong in the wild wood and the deer belong in their shade, and the birds belong so safe and good and warm in the nests they've made. Animals enjoy habitations all their own, sublime places described with crystalline clarity: streams skirted with cattails, red and gold desert rocks, canyons blanketed with sage, dune grasses, and a stone wall surrounded by clover. Cursive script (intrinsically personal and unique) accompanies lines directed at a listening human audience and images of human houses. One could easily improvise a quick melody and sing these words as a lullaby. This lyrical picture book will draw readers under its soft wing, lulling children with its velveteen artwork and assured affirmations of each creature's special nook in such a spectacularly varied world. (Picture book. 2-6) --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
The stars belong in the deep night sky and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by and I belong here with you. The repeating rhythms of Clark's (The Man Made of Stars) bedtime verses calm and reassure. The verses describe the natural world (The whales and the fishes belong in the sea and the waves belong by the shore), while the chorus addresses children directly: You're the one I love the most. Arsenault's (Alpha) animal subjects appear as blank white images, softly shaded and hemmed in by ghostly gray wash. Gentle tints of blue, green, and vermilion hint at liveliness, but it's twilight now, time for things to return to the places they belong: I will always belong right here with you, and you'll always belong with me. Acknowledging that many children who read about the joys of nature live far from it, the final spread shows an elegant cityscape, in which a single brick building is picked out in red, and a single flower is seen in the window. Ages 4 up. --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
M.H. Clark is the Chief Storyteller for Compendium, Inc., one of the foremost creators of inspiring books, cards, and gifts. She has a long-standing belief in the power of words to uplift and inspire and is widely known in the Seattle area for composing impromptu poems for passersby at outdoor markets and events.
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The soft illustrations are pleasant to look at and thoughtfully aligned with the text.
The message of belonging is one we all--adults and children alike--could benefit from being reminded of.
The poetry makes me cringe often enough that it ruins the book for me. I will not try to give you my critique. I'll just leave the words below. You might agree with all the other glowing reviews. But, if you can't get past the writing, you'll be spared from having to wait for the book to ship before you find out.
you belong here
The stars belong in the deep night sky
and the moon belongs there too,
and the winds belong in each place they blow by
and I belong here with you.
The whales and the fishes belong in the sea
and the waves belong by the shore,
and the dune's where the grasses belong to be
because grasses are what dunes are for.
And the trees belong in the wild wood
and the deer belong in their shade,
and the birds belong so safe and good
and warm in the nests that they've made.
And you belong where you love to be
after each day is through,
you will always belong right next to me
and I'll belong next to you.
The frogs and the lilies belong in the lake,
where the water is silver and clear,
and the turtles belong in the homes that they make
in the sand where the water is near.
And the otters belong by the banks of the stream
and the cattails belong there too,
and the carp belong where the water runs green
and the shadows all run blue.
And you belong right here, where you're home,
and where I hold you close.
Of all the wonders I've ever known,
you're the one I love the most.
The hares belong in the desert air
where the rocks are red and gold,
and those rocks belong with the comets out there,
which flash bright when the night turns cold.
The foxes belong in the high canyon hills
and the sage there belongs in the sun,
and the lizards belong in the light, sitting still,
until they are ready to run.
The crickets belong in the old stone wall
and the bees belong in the clover,
just as winter belongs in its place after fall
before the new year starts over.
And you are a dream that the world once dreamt
and now you are part of its song.
That's why you are here, in the place where you're meant,
for this is right where you belong.
The pines belong on the mountainsides,
tucked under their blankets of snow,
and the bears belong in the caves where they hide
whenever the storms start to blow.
Some creatures were made for the land, or the air,
and others were made for the sea;
each creature is perfectly home right there
in the place it belongs to be.
And no matter what places you travel to,
what wonders you choose to see,
I will always be right here with you,
and you'll always belong with me.