I Will Hold You 'Til You Sleep
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I Will Hold You 'Til You Sleep

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by Linda Zuckerman, Jon J. Muth
     
 

A book that combines the spiritual (and artistic) appeal of Jon Muth's THE THREE QUESTIONS with the heartfelt emotion of LOVE YOU FOREVER.

Here is the rare book that not only expresses a parent's love for their child, but offers a hope for what that love will become. It begins with a wish at bedtime, as parents hold their children tight and hope their love will

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A book that combines the spiritual (and artistic) appeal of Jon Muth's THE THREE QUESTIONS with the heartfelt emotion of LOVE YOU FOREVER.

Here is the rare book that not only expresses a parent's love for their child, but offers a hope for what that love will become. It begins with a wish at bedtime, as parents hold their children tight and hope their love will cradle them, safe and sound. It continues through the day their children have grown up, proud and strong, and can pass that love on to someone else. This is a book that goes beyond a parent's "I love you" to the generous wish that our children will make the world a better place.

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Kirkus Starred
The very model of an instantly beloved bedtime story, destined to replace any number of lesser,
though popular efforts. In lambent cadence, the text takes the form of a lullaby, with gently repeated phrases: “I will hold you 'til you sleep / Safe and warm within my arms / Dream of springtime's gentle breezes / While my lullaby surrounds you / Dearest baby, child of mine / I will hold you 'til you sleep.”
Muth's exquisite watercolor and gouache images take the tale from spring to autumn, winter and spring again, as a small boy grows and his parents age. In one example, “I will kiss you when you fall”
depicts first the mother comforting the boy when he's fallen from his bike, and then the same phrase shows the father consoling a teenage boy while in the distance a girl is running off hand-in-hand with another guy. The lovely reassurance of, “I will love you all your life,” is echoed visually, as the boy,
holding a cell phone in a European church square, faces a page where the graying parents are smiling into their phone. It closes with rainbows, grandchildren and the suggestion to carry the love forward.
This isn't cheap sentimentality, but deep feeling and lovely art perfectly in tune. (Picture book. 4-9)

PW
The power and meaning of love is found in the simple, heartfelt promises that parents make to their children. That's the premise of this somewhat sentimental but visually impressive book. Using debut author Zuckerman's rather familiar lines as a jumping-off point ("I will hold you 'til you sleep/ Safe and warm within my arms/ Dreams of springtime's gentle breezes/ While my lullaby surrounds you"), Muth (Zen Shorts) imagines a journey of life's milestone moments, from birth to adulthood. A verse that begins, "I will kiss you when you fall," for instance, movingly covers a wide span of years that includes both a tumble the boy hero takes from his bike when he's a grade-schooler and also his first heartbreak as a teenager. Muth's rendering of the father comforting the jilted boy is emotionally astute. "When winter snows descend" inspires an image of the hero as a young man assisting and comforting his elderly mother. Muth graciously balances the weight of the scenes with an objective view, to keep this volume in the realm of the universal. All ages. (Oct.)
SLJ
PreS–A gentle, poetic text is illustrated in soft gouache-and-watercolor washes that depict scenes in the life of a boy from infancy, when his mother and father hold him close, to adulthood, when he is a parent himself. The words and pictures both extol the power of love and his parents' hopes that he will “Grow and flourish.../Love and be loved” throughout his years. Somewhat in the vein of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever (Firefly) and Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, both 1995), this lovely book will find a home in most libraries.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Publishers Weekly
The power and meaning of love is found in the simple, heartfelt promises that parents make to their children. That's the premise of this somewhat sentimental but visually impressive book. Using debut author Zuckerman's rather familiar lines as a jumping-off point ("I will hold you 'til you sleep/ Safe and warm within my arms/ Dreams of springtime's gentle breezes/ While my lullaby surrounds you"), Muth (Zen Shorts) imagines a journey of life's milestone moments, from birth to adulthood. A verse that begins, "I will kiss you when you fall," for instance, movingly covers a wide span of years that includes both a tumble the boy hero takes from his bike when he's a grade-schooler and also his first heartbreak as a teenager. Muth's rendering of the father comforting the jilted boy is emotionally astute. "When winter snows descend" inspires an image of the hero as a young man assisting and comforting his elderly mother. Muth graciously balances the weight of the scenes with an objective view, to keep this volume in the realm of the universal. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lyrical reassurances of love from parents to child should warm the hearts of all who read them, to themselves or to the children in their arms. The words promise safety, warmth, sweet dreams "...'til you sleep;" then hugs, summer sunshine, shelter from rain, kisses for pain, when awake. As the child in the illustrations grows, there are hugs, kisses, and love whether near or far. Then, as the parents grow old, the child is encouraged to hold, hug, and kiss in turn: "Love and be loved all your life." The brief, poetic text is set in large cursive type, which carries the lyrics smoothly. The naturalistic watercolor and gouache paintings which fill the double pages have a parallel poetic life with spiritual overtones. Only some of the images relate directly to the words; the pictures are comfortable, being the generator of their own visual narrative. Muth has painted a somewhat spiritual, impressionistic landscape for the cloth-spine cover, while the paper jacket repeats the first double page of mother and child. 2006, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-A gentle, poetic text is illustrated in soft gouache-and-watercolor washes that depict scenes in the life of a boy from infancy, when his mother and father hold him close, to adulthood, when he is a parent himself. The words and pictures both extol the power of love and his parents' hopes that he will "Grow and flourish.../Love and be loved" throughout his years. Somewhat in the vein of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever (Firefly) and Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, both 1995), this lovely book will find a home in most libraries.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The very model of an instantly beloved bedtime story, destined to replace any number of lesser, though popular efforts. In lambent cadence, the text takes the form of a lullaby, with gently repeated phrases: "I will hold you 'til you sleep / Safe and warm within my arms / Dream of springtime's gentle breezes / While my lullaby surrounds you / Dearest baby, child of mine / I will hold you 'til you sleep." Muth's exquisite watercolor and gouache images take the tale from spring to autumn, winter and spring again, as a small boy grows and his parents age. In one example, "I will kiss you when you fall" depicts first the mother comforting the boy when he's fallen from his bike, and then the same phrase shows the father consoling a teenage boy while in the distance a girl is running off hand-in-hand with another guy. The lovely reassurance of, "I will love you all your life," is echoed visually, as the boy, holding a cell phone in a European church square, faces a page where the graying parents are smiling into their phone. It closes with rainbows, grandchildren and the suggestion to carry the love forward. This isn't cheap sentimentality, but deep feeling and lovely art perfectly in tune. (Picture book. 4-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439434201
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Linda Zuckerman worked as a children's book editor for more than thirty-five years, and edited three Caldecott Medal books and two Newbery Honors. I Will Hold You 'Til You Sleep is her first work as an author. Ms. Zuckerman livs in Tigard, Oregon.

Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book ZEN SHORTS and its sequel, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling picture book ZEN TIES. Other beloved titles from Jon include THE THREE QUESTIONS, GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, and THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children.

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