Friday, February 24, 2012

Perfect Picture Books: Someday

Cover image via Amazon.com

Today, I've chosen Someday for Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

Someday
Written by Alison McGhee
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, February 2007

Suitable for: Ages 4 and up

Theme/Topic: Family, Growing Up

Opening: One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one.
One day the first snowflakes fell, and I held you up and watched them melt on your baby skin.

Brief Synopsis: A mother shares her love for her daughter and her hopes for the milestones to take place someday. From the book jacket: "A mother's love leads to a mother's dream — every mother's dream — for her child to live life to its fullest."

Link to Resources: Parents can talk to their children about life milestones. Perhaps focusing on milestones at home, community, church or school. Parents might also let their children think about milestones in their parents' lives — high school, college, marriage, etc. For older children, you could talk about the support network of parents, family, teachers and in the community needed to accomplish goals. I wasn't able to find a specific lesson plan for this book. I found a lesson plan on Community — Goal Setting for children to set personal and academic goals.

Dads can take their children to Peter H. Reynolds website to send a Mother's Day eCard based on the book.

Peter H. Reynolds has a page on his website about Someday. I could get lost on his site for hours.


Writers might find the online store on Alison McGhee's site interesting. She writes Haiku for You to benefit charities or you can order a signed copy of her books. She also offers manuscript critique services for full-length novels, but I thought the Haiku for You is a unique item. She blogs here.

Why I chose this book: I'm a sucker for this story and the illustrations. It reminds me of those early wiggle days of my son's life and makes me look ahead to the events to come. Hence, this sentence in a School Library Journal review "However, its greeting-card quality will appeal more to new mothers and gift-givers than to children." I think that's fair, but I want my son to love this book like I do. So, I'll keep reading it until he says, "Mama stop it."

To find more picture books and resources, visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog and look for the Perfect Picture Books page.

43 comments:

  1. Awh that's so sweet Stacy. It sounds a lovelt book for the little quiet moments. If you get any lol. Thanks for the links too, what interesting things they have going on. Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. I agree, Peter's site is awesome. This is a lovely book. Great addition to PPBF's list, Stacy!

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    1. Loni, I really need to spend more time on his site. It's very nice.

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  3. What a wonderful review of a book that sounds like every new mother should have it in her library! So sweet! I really like how creative you got with the resources too - fabulous job! I have not read any Alison McGhee children's books, but I read Shadow Baby and it was SO well written!!! Thanks for sharing this book, Stacy - I will definitely have to search it out! :)

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    1. Susanna, she's a wonderful writer. Thanks to PPBFs, I think of activities for all the books I read.

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  4. This book looks lovely, Stacy. Thanks for the share.

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    1. Thanks Karen for sharing this post! I appreciae it.

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  5. I think this will be a good gift for a baby shower for sure. It looks great, & it seems to me that you could do lots of talk with your son (with young children) also about how you thought about someday yourself when you were little, then switch to his someday. Thanks for sharing, Stacey.

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    1. That's a great activity Linda. I had lots of ideas about my Someday when I was a kid. :)

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  6. I like books like this. Books that tell kids how much they are loved. :)

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  7. Love, love, love Peter Reynolds! Great choice Stacy.

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    1. Yep. Lots of love for Peter Reynolds' work.

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  8. Oh, how I love these books about a parent's love for a child. I don't think I've read this one. I'll have to find it. The illustrations are beautiful.

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  9. This is such a lovely book. I don't own it, but I read it in the bookstore one day and started crying. Maybe I should buy it after all...

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    1. Julie, I cried a couple of times while pregnant reading this one.

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  10. I love the title! It's so hopeful and with the illustrations, it's just lovely :)

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  11. Lots of parent love books today. I will read anything Peter Reynolds illustrates. He is so good. I do like the message in this book. And, I like your activities and links to resources. Nice choice -- will have to look this book up.

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    1. Yes lots of parent love with this one. I think some of these sentimental ones hook us in and then we in turn hook our children. So, I think it's a win for the entire family.

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  12. Stacy - What a great review! The book looks great. I have not read this one. I will also have to check out the websites. - Maeve

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    1. Thanks Maeve. The illustrator's site is wonderful.

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  13. This book does sound so sweet. And the illustrations look lovely. Good choice, Stacy!

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    1. Thanks Amy. Lots of fun suggestions this week.

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  14. What a precious story, Stacy! You always have the best ones over here. Your reviews are so thought out too. Your activities and linkage is super duper. Will have to get this.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend. You deserve it! Smooches. xoxo

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    1. I'm behind on all the new titles Robyn, because we tend to be swimming in classics at our house. That's why I love PPBFs, I learn about so many "must reads."

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  15. What a sweet book! It does sound like a perfect gift for a new mom. Great resources to go along with it.

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  16. I want this book!! This book sounds adorable. Thanks for sharing it :)

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  17. I love this book (yes, it's up there on my shelf!) It's definitely a "have the tissues near by" book, but I love it. (I love anything connected with Peter H. Reynolds.)

    Thanks for adding it to our PPBF list!

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    1. Beth, maybe a gift of the book with a box of tissues attached would be a great gift. :)

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  18. Wonderful book, Stacy!
    And great resources!
    I love books that help parents share their love for their little ones...sounds like the perfect "cuddling up with momma and little one" book.

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    1. Vivian, I love it when my little one cuddles.

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  19. This book sounds very sweet -- definitely the type that I like. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I love this book, too. It is always a tear-jerker. I have given it as a gift more than once! Love the activity links.

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  21. This is a very sweet sentimental book. Perfect baby shower gift book.

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  22. This looks wonderful, Stacy. Thanks for the review.

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