I Will Make Miracles

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With paintings reminiscent of Maurice Sendak, and a lyrical text that is concrete enough for elementary kids to grasp, Susie Morgenstern and Jiang Hong Chen tackle the question: What will you do when you grow up? Their little boy wants to make miracles: He would cure the sick, feed the hungry, jail the bad guys, and fill the world up with people who care and share. The story ends with a twist, bringing a very ambitious group of wishes back down to earth.

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Overview

With paintings reminiscent of Maurice Sendak, and a lyrical text that is concrete enough for elementary kids to grasp, Susie Morgenstern and Jiang Hong Chen tackle the question: What will you do when you grow up? Their little boy wants to make miracles: He would cure the sick, feed the hungry, jail the bad guys, and fill the world up with people who care and share. The story ends with a twist, bringing a very ambitious group of wishes back down to earth.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Everyone keeps asking this young narrator what he wants to be. He begins to think about what he might do. His ideas are both grandiose and imaginative. They range from waking the sun every morning, performing underwater concerts, healing the sick, waking the dead, and stopping crime and fighting, to making miracles like feeding and clothing the world, stopping earthquakes and fires, and filling the world "with people who share…" He admits that it might sound like God, but then he humbly admits, "First I should learn to read and write." The inspirational rhymed couplets have been awkwardly translated, but offer a fine framework for the striking illustrations. Chen's huge red circle and black clouds contrast with the smiling youngster running across the cover. The scumbled black Chinese ink in an orange ground on the end pages reinforces puzzlement. The smug narrator resting on another splash of black on the title page reminds us of a Sendak character. The scene with three large bakers could come from The Night Kitchen. Other characters play their roles with grim comedy. Frequently by contrast, the large, double-page scenes are created in aggressively brushed blacks and grays, while color here dominates our attention as it controls the emotional content of this unusual presentation. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 3- "Everyone keeps asking me,/When you get older, what will you be?" laments the young protagonist in this story. At first he has no idea, but as he gives it thought, his plans become more and more grandiose. He will wake the sun, conduct concerts on the ocean floor, aid the police, stop all wars, feed the hungry, and "stamp out" natural disasters. His world will be populated only by kind, caring people. In short, he will perform such miracles that he will become like God-that is, when he learns to read and write. The illustrations in this generously oversize book are almost all spreads and executed in Chinese ink on rice paper. The flat figures, boldly outlined, appear on dark grounds. Big black blots cover the endpapers and reemerge throughout the story to depict uncertainty, chaos, or world evils. The rhymed text usually epitomizes language that would be within the scope of the child narrator: "What about the bad guys?/I'd help the police." At times, however, it exhibits a sophistication beyond the boy's years, e.g., "I'll meet everyone on Earth,/and ask about their dreams./Because life is more,/much more than it seems." Children are often asked by their elders about their future plans. This book might spark some discussion on the topic.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901893
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.13 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Susie Morgenstern lives in Nice, France—but was raised in New Jersey. Her books are published internationally and she has been knighted in France. She came up with the idea for I Will Make Miracles while saying the Amidah (18 Jewish blessings).

Jiang Hong Chen is an international force in children’s book illustration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Best Picture Book In 20 Years!

    What a gem of a book. I wish every person young and old would buy this book. It is beautiful and the artwork is just plain fantastic. I am an adult with no kids and still bought the book. I am a bookseller and have seen thousands of kids books and this is the best ever.

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