Book review: The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin

Martin, Emily Winfield. The Wonderful Things You Will Be. Random House, 2015. ISBN 978-0-385-37671-6. Unpaged. Ages 2-4. P8/Q9

Martin Wonderful Things You Will BeeThis is one of three books in the Dreamer’s series.  The end papers show nostalgic pictures of cute little babies who will grow up to be caring, bold and clever people.  The front page has a nice book plate where the gift giver can write the name recipient.  The story begins with a mother talking about when she looks at her daughter how she wonders all the wonderful things she will be.  At the end of the story the two pages fold out to show many different children dressed in costumes.  This is a great story to help start a conversation about growing up and learning to be strong and brave.

October 2015 review by Melinda Dye.

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Martin, Emily Winfield. The Wonderful Things You Will Be. Random House Childrens Books, a division of Random House, LLC. 2015. Unp.$17.99 ISBN 9780385376716. Ages 2-Kindergarten. Q7 P7

We are told that all children are unique and capable in this rosy tale of possibility. Emily Winfield Martin’s illustrations are inspired by those found in classic children’s books from the early to mid-twentieth century. They reveal, with no allegiance to traditional gender roles, what the most optimistic parents hope for their children. They hope for clever children who are bold, see the world, and help others. It is written in short, rhyming verse meant to empower young readers while reinforcing parental aspirations. Fans of Martin’s highly stylized art collections will very much enjoy her latest publication.

October 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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