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"Whether it's sunny or stormy, Whether you're happy or blue, I'm here to say, without a doubt that I believe in you."

I Believe in You explores the powerful feeling in every parent's heart as you watch a child take on the big job of growing up. This inspiring and meaningful book puts into words the little moments that reveal just how much you believe in them, no matter what life throws their way.

Growing up is a roller coaster ride of emotion and adventure, asking a child to ...

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Overview

"Whether it's sunny or stormy, Whether you're happy or blue, I'm here to say, without a doubt that I believe in you."

I Believe in You explores the powerful feeling in every parent's heart as you watch a child take on the big job of growing up. This inspiring and meaningful book puts into words the little moments that reveal just how much you believe in them, no matter what life throws their way.

Growing up is a roller coaster ride of emotion and adventure, asking a child to show self-confidence and courage that they may not know they have. Showing you will be by their side can mean the world to them and give them the strength they often so desperately need. Award-winning author and illustrator Marianne Richmond uses her signature uplifting style to show that your support and unconditional love is always there as children navigate the road of life.

I Believe in You encourages kids to look within to find they have all they need to succeed-and to know they always have someone cheering them on.

Beloved author and illustrator Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While the vignettes in Richmond's latest inspirational picture book are intended for the elementary school set (her characters grapple with not getting picked for a team, being scared of monsters in the closet, and jumping off the diving board), what human, of any age, couldn't use this kind of cheering up: "When your project seems too hard,/ and you want to go to bed,/ I believe in your smart thinking/ to learn and grow instead." Feel-good, you-can-do-it stories often sag under the weight of their own preciousness, but Richmond has found her sweet spot (though it may still be too saccharine for some). The succinct, plainspoken text employs figurative language with a light touch ("When the day dips up and down/ like a roller coaster ride"), and her pastel watercolors strike the right balance between astute observation and a breezy, naïf aesthetic. There are even a few surprises, like the overhead view of a once-frightened child snuggling with one of the closet monsters. Even those who aren't fond of this genre will recognize that Richmond knows how to craft a book with broad commercial appeal. Ages 4–up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—A simple, feel-good concept book. Told in rhyme, the message-to be the best you can be-is emphasized in a predictable manner. Each rhyme demonstrates ways readers may achieve that goal. Challenges such as developing skills, finding loyal friends, admitting mistakes, and generally growing up can be met with support and love. "When learning something new/makes you want to stop and quit,/I believe in your great attitude,/to go and conquer it!" The large font highlights in color the words that emphasize the message, and the whimsical, cartoonlike illustrations in watercolor and ink have humorous details. While not distinctive, this book may prove useful in a character-development curriculum.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Kirkus Reviews

Well-intentioned cheerleading falls flat.

Richmond endeavors here to exhort those stellar qualities that squire us past the inevitable bumps in the road of life. Have a moment of weakness? "I believe in your brave spirit." Your best friend treats you unkindly? "I believe in your playful heart." Smart thinking, awesome skills, true courage, stand-up truth—no one would say these attributes aren't worthy, but it is difficult to imagine how young readers are going to make them their own via these watery watercolors and chirpy, sometimes atonal verses: "When the day dips up and down / like a roller coaster ride, / I believe in your quick laugh / to love the lows and highs." Shrug them off, maybe, but why would a quick laugh result in loving the lows in your day? To salute a child's great attitude in persevering through something new and difficult is well and good, but what is a kid supposed to make of, "When you look into the mirror / and question who you see, / I believe in your true beauty / that shines through from you to me"?

Despite its overall good intentions, the book feels rushed and ill considered, with little offered by way of identification to get readers involved. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402263446
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 136,145
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.04 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Richmond
Beloved author and illustrator Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Addon to religion of Pepper

    Brighity made the sun and moon shine. Lunar made the simbol on Nightshaze's forhead. Also, the e in Pepper doesnt mean evil. It means enthusiastic. We can be evil or good. Galaxrete did not completely heal Nightshaze, she made his scar beautiful, so the sky was no longer streaked with red at night. The bios and etc at next res. (Skip any preorders.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    I bought this book for each one of my children, who have childre

    I bought this book for each one of my children, who have children of their own. I wrote an inscription that told them that I will always believe in them and that now that they were parents I knew that they felt the same way about their children. I am sure that they will read the book to their children often. I just loved it!

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