It's Going to Be Perfect

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There’s something for every parent and child to enjoy in this delightfully fresh picture book that takes playful aim at the art of parenting—and all the hopeful, nail-biting expectations that go with it. What’s a parent to think when raising a child doesn’t happen quite the way it’s expected to? Mom might envision a baby who sleeps through the night, but when baby gets fussy they’ll both discover that 3:00 a.m. can be a beautiful time to be awake. And while the word baby uses most is NO!, her favorite word is ...
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Overview

There’s something for every parent and child to enjoy in this delightfully fresh picture book that takes playful aim at the art of parenting—and all the hopeful, nail-biting expectations that go with it. What’s a parent to think when raising a child doesn’t happen quite the way it’s expected to? Mom might envision a baby who sleeps through the night, but when baby gets fussy they’ll both discover that 3:00 a.m. can be a beautiful time to be awake. And while the word baby uses most is NO!, her favorite word is definitely Mama. Told with quiet wisdom and Nancy Carlson’s trademark sense of humor, here is a heartwarming and reassuring book that will invite children to ask what was I like when I was little? Nancy Carlson is also the author of ABC I Like Me!, which Kirkus called a sheer delight of self expression. Nancy Carlson lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with her husband and three perfect children.

A mother and her young daughter reflect on the daughter's growing up, including her infancy, potty training, first words, and starting school, noting how nothing has been what the mother expected.

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Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
In this humorous book the author tells her daughter how she imagined life would be with an infant, toddler, preschooler, etc. She also shows the child what it was really like-3:00 A.M. feedings, potty training setbacks, and more. Every mother's fantasy of the perfect child is offset by the reality of these universal experiences, which are less than perfect. No matter, they strengthen the mother-child bond. The way things have turned out is just right because people (even children) and relationships are never "perfect." Mother's love grows just as surely and steadily as she learns to adapt to the whims of her child. The author lovingly captures the essence of some childhood milestones here. The illustrations hit the mark in this charming book.
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PreS-Gr 3--A celebration of families. The simple, predictable story line begins with a pregnant woman dreaming about her soon-to-be-born child and how perfect life will be. However, after the baby comes, the mother's expectations are somewhat tempered by reality. As she experiences crying, potty training, inappropriate restaurant manners, and her child's entry into preschool, the woman still exclaims, "But boy am I glad you're here!" The story is an affirmation of a mother's love and appreciation for her child. Carlson's simple, bright pictures add a great deal of humor to the straightforward text as the child exhibits her own personality and independence. Potty training is illustrated in an especially funny way, as the reluctant child stands with arms folded across her chest, while her mother pleads on her knees. However, all of the pictures will bring smiles to readers' faces. No father is seen or mentioned, so many interpretations of the family situation can be made. The messages of love, joy, and celebration permeate this endearing story.--Susan Knell, Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS
Kirkus Reviews
Any parent and child can share the broad humor of this picture book with its reminiscence of a mother's starry-eyed notion of having a baby. The text reads like a letter from a mother to a child. "Before you were born, I was so excited. I just knew everything was going to be perfect!" A smiling baby sleeps in an immaculate crib; a nattily attired, relaxed mom rocks the smiling babe. Stark reality sets in, revealed in subsequent pictures. The baby screams. The mother reports, "You spit up, and though I tried very hard, I didn't know your every need." The premise of the book is easy to grasp, and the humor is delightful, as are the jovial illustrations of a slightly plump, mostly overwhelmed mother. Children will appreciate seeing the effect they've had on their parents, and the differences between what might have been, and what is. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140567236
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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