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If I Wrote a Book About You
     

If I Wrote a Book About You

by Stephany Aulenback, Denise Holmes (Illustrator)
 

""If I wrote a book about you and how wonderful you are, I would write it everywhere,"" says a mother to her child. And so she does—with the branches of the trees, the sand at the beach, and even the rays of the sun. This beautiful picture book eloquently and uniquely conveys a mother's love for her child. Children will enjoy searching out the big words

Overview


""If I wrote a book about you and how wonderful you are, I would write it everywhere,"" says a mother to her child. And so she does—with the branches of the trees, the sand at the beach, and even the rays of the sun. This beautiful picture book eloquently and uniquely conveys a mother's love for her child. Children will enjoy searching out the big words hidden in plain sight in the images. And parents will appreciate the message that a child makes you experience the world differently.
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–A mother expresses her never-ending love for her daughter by sharing the words that she would use if she were writing a book about her. Each affirmation is expressed in familiar items, like the branches of the tree providing shade for a picnic or dominoes spread out on the floor. Preschool through elementary-aged children will be delighted to find the artfully designed vocabulary on each page, with the older children sounding it out, spelling it, or defining it. Each beautifully simple illustration in shades of orange, turquoise, and brown is reminiscent of another era. The crispness and clarity of each page is refreshing and pleasing. This book is sure to make a fabulous gift for new mothers and should appeal to all who appreciate quality picture books.–Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

MBR Bookwatch, Lorraine's Bookshelf:
"If I Wrote a Book About You" is a tender, poignant, "multi-media" book about the wonder of a mother's love for her child. The "multi-media" refers to a mother's choice of message materials - dominoes, tree branches, sand, cracker crumbs, flowers, vegetables, even noodles in the soup! This mom would tell her daughter of her love using the stars in the sky, the freckles on her face, and the wrinkles on her mom's face. Matching the sweet intensity of the narrative, the charming, limited palette of aqua and shades of soft peach illustrations convey a sense of peace, wonder, and security within limitless love. "If I Wrote a Book About You" conveys the amazing certainty of a mother's love, a never ending miracle.

School Library Journal
10/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—A mother expresses her never-ending love for her daughter by sharing the words that she would use if she were writing a book about her. Each affirmation is expressed in familiar items, like the branches of the tree providing shade for a picnic or dominoes spread out on the floor. Preschool through elementary-aged children will be delighted to find the artfully designed vocabulary on each page, with the older children sounding it out, spelling it, or defining it. Each beautifully simple illustration in shades of orange, turquoise, and brown is reminiscent of another era. The crispness and clarity of each page is refreshing and pleasing. This book is sure to make a fabulous gift for new mothers and should appeal to all who appreciate quality picture books.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927018460
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
879,946
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

If I wrote a book about you and how wonderful you are, I would write it everywhere.
 
I would write that you are captivating in the branches of the trees. I would write that you are perfect in the pawprints on the snow.
 
I would write that you are entertaining with the toys on the floor. I would write that you are clever with the crumbs from your crackers.
 
With the dandelions on the front lawn, I would spell out that you are magnificent, and with the vegetables growing in the garden, I would say that you are strong.
 
With the peas on your plate, I would write that you are delectable, and that you are delicious with the noodles in your soup.
 
I would write that you are amazing with the telephone wires and that you are fascinating with the yellow lines that run down the middle of the road.

Meet the Author


Stephany Aulenback lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and two small children. Her stories and articles have been published in a number of literary journals, magazines, and Web sites including McSweeney's, Brain, Child, and The Awl. “Grim Stories” was an honorable mention in the 2006 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Her work has been anthologized in It's a Boy: Women Writers On Raising Sons and Created in Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor as well as read aloud on NPR. She has been blogging about children, writing, and children's writing at Crooked House since 2008.

Denise Holmes is an illustrator and designer who lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter, Hazel. When she is not in her studio drawing images of children, trees, and cats, she is reading books, dancing to music, and going on neighborhood walks. You can see her work and read about her latest adventures over at niseemade.com.

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