- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250056268
- ISBN-13: 978-1250056269
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 253 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—Tillman's latest examines the struggle humans have with the idea of "purpose." She speaks as though addressing a child, repeating the refrain "you're here for a reason" and explaining that good things happen to others because of the child. Her answer to this life question may be unsatisfactory or too simplistic for some. Nevertheless, she fashions it into an encouraging sentiment that gives peace of mind. To evoke this sense, Tillman illustrates children mingling with animals in a vibrantly colored, dreamlike realm. As usual, her characteristic, almost photographic, digital and mixed-media paintings complement the soothing cadence of the text and beautiful rhyme. Goodwill spreads from page to page in the shape of a kite and a ball, showing how actions affect the world. Tillman frames her lovely poem with the idea of a puzzle, starting the verse that reads, "If not for your hands and your eyes and your feet,/the world, like a puzzle, would be incomplete" and ending with an image of a globe made up of puzzle pieces, depicting the paintings in the book.. It may not be obvious, but every person is a piece required to form the whole. VERDICT Fans of Tillman's previous titles will want to get this one as well; another ideal bedtime story for children and guardians to share.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
About the Author
Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture book On the Night We Were Born, as well as The Heaven of Animals; The Spirit of Christmas; and the New York Times-bestsellers, I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love; Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You; and The Crown on Your Head. She also created the mischievous cat Tumford from Tumford the Terrible and Tumford's Rude Noises, and illustrated It's Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxas.
Nancy's mission in creating her books is to convey to children everywhere that "You are loved." She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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The kids are in bed right now and their dad is working tonight. I am alone in the house and a dark wave of depression has settled in to keep me company. It is something that I have dealt with most of my life. My birthday is tomorrow. I turn 35 and feel worthless. I am disappointed with where I am at and feel of no value to the world. I know I am of value to my children and my animals and I treasure them more than words can convey, but beyond that, I feel like wasted space. This is an emotion that has always plagued me, even when logically, I realize I have done some very good things. It is the depression and it wraps its deceptive arms around me in my times of sorrow to comfort me with my own despair.
So while I am alone, I decided to clean up and put away my son's gifts. I picked up this book from the pile and decided to sit down and read it. I wasn't prepared to feel the words the way that I did. It feels silly to say that a book meant for children also feels meant for people with depression, but it does. There is little comfort for the constant sadness that stirs within me at times like this, yet somehow this book provided it. It is really very simple text with nothing that I haven't already heard before. Maybe it was the timing. Still, the reminder that even though everything seems stagnant right now, the good that I have done is likely still resonating out there, meant something to me. The things that I have done have mattered and are still mattering and will continue to matter. In some way, I must matter too. I really needed that tonight.
"You're here for a reason.
It's totally true.
You're part of a world that
is counting on you.
So don't be too worried
if some days fall flat.
Good things can happen,
even from that."
I will read this book to my children often and strive to fill them with a sense of love and value. As I read it to them, I will also be reading it to myself as a reminder.
In addition to recommending it for kids, I would also recommend it as a gift for those with depression when you want to do something for them, but just don't know what. The simple act of gifting them this book might provide a sense of comfort that they won't accept as words or a hug.
Well done, Nancy Tillman.
I caught him reading them with little tears in his eyes, running down his cheeks. He told me they were just happiest tears.
Get these for your children. They say often what we can't.
My own sentimentality aside, this is a really good book. My nephew enjoyed it. The text is great, and conveys big ideas, but is simple enough for a kid to understand. The illustrations are beautiful, and tell a story of their own. My nephew is an animal lover and really liked the drawings of the animals playing with everything.
If you don't have access to a physical bookstore where you can read the book in person, go to Youtube and type on the name of the author and title of the book, you can watch a couple videos of people reading the book aloud.
If you want inspiration on a bad day, you should pick up one of Nancy Tillman's children's books. Whether you're a child or an adult, you will enjoy the book's simplicity to enjoy life and the world in which we live in today.