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

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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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784072559932
  • Publisher: Shufunotomosha/Tsai Fong Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Language: Japanese
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Little Boy, So Many Days, Bye-Bye Crib, Always, A Very Brave Witch, and Bink and Gollie. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Snap. Alison is also the Pulitzer Prize–nominated novelist of the adult novel Shadowbaby, which was also a Today show book club selection. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and you can visit her at

Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, and Ish; and illustrator for the New York Times #1 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

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