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by Alison McGhee, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

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A mother's love leads to a mother's dream -- every mother's dream -- for her child to live life to its fullest.

A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the book you'll want to share with someone else...today.


A mother's love leads to a mother's dream -- every mother's dream -- for her child to live life to its fullest.

A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the book you'll want to share with someone else...today.

Editorial Reviews

Elegantly written, beautifully imagined, and deeply moving without a shred of sentimentality, this picture book for all ages traces a mother's hopes and dreams for her young daughter. Moving fluidly from the not-so-distant past ("one day") to the hopeful future ("someday"), Alison McGhee's spare, poetic text captures key moments in the life of a beloved child. Peter Reynolds's expressive watercolors are the perfect complement, conveying in uncluttered lines a full gamut of complex emotions, from joyful exuberance and wistful longing to the crushing sorrow of first heartbreak. Lovely, lyrical, and packing an unexpected emotional wallop, this book is one of the best crossover reads of the season -- and an absolute must for mothers and daughters.
Publishers Weekly
One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one," opens McGhee's (A Very Brave Witch) understated yet emotion-charged expression of a mother's love and hopes for her child. Reynolds's (The Dot) spare, wispy pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict the narrator and her daughter sharing everyday moments that mark milestones in the girl's maturation: the mother watches snowflakes "melt on your baby skin" and crosses the street as her little one grasps her hand. A transitional spread first reveals the youngster on a tricycle, aided by her mother, and then riding solo on a bicycle ("Then, you were my baby,/ and now you are my child"). Quietly the emotion builds, as the mother thinks of the future in store for her daughter, its joys and sorrows: "Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you." Here Reynolds depicts the woman, older than she was at the book's start, on the left, gazing forlornly across the white expanse of the spread. The narrative comes full circle, as the parent looks ahead to a day, "a long time from now," when her daughter's own hair will "glow silver in the sun." Handlettering by Reynolds augments the story's deeply personal quality, which will resonate with both new and seasoned mothers. All ages. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
A mother lists her loving remembrances, her dreams, and her hopes for the future for her daughter. It begins with "One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one" and ends with "Someday….your own hair will glow silver….And when that day comes, love, you will remember me." The thoughts and sentiments are universal, since mothers savor the ordinary as well as the highs and lows of life. Using pen and ink and watercolors, Reynolds creates warm scenes of a mother and daughter together, as well as an independent daughter. His deft use of line carries through the sentiment of the thought on each page. Since it is focused on the thoughts of the mother, this book will have the greatest appeal to adults who have experienced what the narrator is talking about. This seems more appropriate as a gift book for a graduate. It would be a beautiful Mother's Day gift to an adult daughter who now has her own baby.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
A mother speaks to her young daughter of milestones to come in her life, first recalling her infancy ("One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one"), and then contemplating her future ("Someday you will swing high—so high, higher than you ever dared to swing"), her adulthood ("Someday I will watch you brushing your child's hair"), and her old age ("Someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun. And when that day comes, love, you will remember me"). The pen, ink, and watercolor sketches have the same soft sentimentality as the text. The artist's use of white space and hand-printed letters gives a childlike innocence to the book. However, its greeting-card quality will appeal more to new mothers and gift-givers than to children. Barbara M. Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1991) is a better choice for libraries.
—Carolyn JanssenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Maybe a Fox, Firefly Hollow, Little Boy, So Many Days, Star Bright, A Very Brave Witch, and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Snap. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Laguna Beach, California. You can visit her at AlisonMcGhee.com.

Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, and Ish; and illustrator for the #1 New York Times bestseller Someday by Alison McGhee. He is also the illustrator of Going Places, Little Boy, Charlie and Kiwi, and the Judy Moody series. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he is co-owner of the Blue Bunny bookstore. Visit Peter at PeterHReynolds.com.

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Someday 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It makes me cry every time. Love it, love it, love it. There is nothing better than having your daughter on your lap reading this one with you. If every father and every mother in the world would read this to their children, if only once, the world would definitely be a better place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 15 years old and my mom gave me this book for my birthday 8 years ago when I was seven years old. I read it with my mom then and I remember both us crying, it is such a bittersweet book. It captures the love of a mother daughter relationship perfectly. I read it every once in a while and I cry every time. Not just the watery eyes type, they tears flowing down your face type. I love this book, it is so touching, and I plan to give it to my own daughter, someday.
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I challenge any mother of a daughter to get through this book without crying. It is beautifully written and illustrated. Emotionally wrenching. Absolutely wonderful. I bought one for myself, my mother and my daughter.
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lornamarga More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a mom watching her daughter grow up and become a mom. I cry every time I read it! I have given this book as a gift to so many moms and they all love it!
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I gave this book to my mom and to my daughter. It is a book that always chokes me up no matter how many times I read it. I inscribed it, so that hopefully my daughter will pass this on to her daughter and so forth. Classic mother-daughter coming of age story.
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Perfect tug-at-your-heartstrings book for any grandma-to-be to offer her expectant daughter! This book presents an emotional bond that mothers share with their daughters who grow up all too quickly becoming independent mothers themselves. Its touching words and illustrations make it a thoughtful gift to be passed from one generation to the next. Love it!
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MotherSarah More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. The illustrations by Peter Reynolds are wispy, touching, fantastic! McGhee tells the story of a young mother through anyone's eyes...from beginning through the child's grown life. Very few authors take the storyline of motherhood past childhood. I love the examples she uses about what she will someday do with her child and what her child will hopefully experience. It encourages living and growth, security and independence.
Grandma-Nonna More than 1 year ago
This very simple story will touch the heart of all mothers and after I read it decided to buy two copies - one for my daughter who now has a 4 year old daughter and my daughter-in-law who now has two daughters - one who is almost two years old and a newborn. I enclosed a note with some personal "motherly" comments with the gift and signed it - "Remember me" - Love Always ! Mom
PatPC More than 1 year ago
Through this touching ode, a mother shares her dream for her child. Young children and mothers will enjoy this puissant story.
irma48 More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. Every word applies to a mother and her child/children. I bought it for my daughter, who is now mother of two precious little girls, for Mother's Day. It was such an appropriate gift for her. Please read this book and sign it. It will be a lifelong keepsake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry, a lot. It was very emotional because I can relate to it. It made me remember my children, and the different stages in their lives.
oriannarbor More than 1 year ago
This book expresses all of the expectations that every mother wishes for her daughter, without us even knowing it. From beautifully happy moments, to realistic sad moments, Someday is the depth and importance of ones life and experiences summed up in few words and pages. Simply fantastic, emotional, important, and simple! Looking for one like this from mother to son, and also from fathers point of view! LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!
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Danielle.Slota More than 1 year ago
My husband and I had been dating for 5 years and had a 3 year old daughter by the time we got married. When we finally were ready to walk down the aisle together we wanted our daughter to be part of our celebration. Our lives together and been such a journey for us all.

We had plans of including her in our ring exchange and had bought her a beautiful little ring as a symbol of our love. When we sat down to write our vows to her we just couldn't put down on paper how much she truly meant to us. We found ourselves at a loss for words. Then I found this book. It sums up, in just a few short minutes, everything one can truly want for their child and expresses it so honestly.

We read this book to our daughter the day we were married. As tears ran down both our cheeks she began to get teary eyed herself. Although she didn't fully understand what was going on around her, she could feel our love. This book will forever have a place in our hearts.
Igirl More than 1 year ago
The most touching book ever written. This book tugs at your heart in a way that I did not know was possible. The first time I read it I was standing in a Target and I just started crying. Quite simply an amazingly endearing book for mothers and daughters.