Someday

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Someday

I am going to be

a great artist.

Today

I am off to help my dad

paint the shed.

It’s hard to be content with the present moment when you are little. The future has infinitely more possibilities!

Here, the prolific and poetic Eileen Spinelli offers us the opportunity...

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Overview

Someday

I am going to be

a great artist.

Today

I am off to help my dad

paint the shed.

It’s hard to be content with the present moment when you are little. The future has infinitely more possibilities!

Here, the prolific and poetic Eileen Spinelli offers us the opportunity to truly enter the mind and heart of a little girl whose dreams reach well beyond today. With Spinelli’s gift for capturing the authentic experience of a child and Rosie Winstead’s utterly accessible and adorable artwork, this is sure to be a book that will inspire kids to think about what their own plans are for someday.

A young girl contrasts the exciting things she might someday do, like digging for dinosaur bones and swimming with dolphins, with her present-day activities of finding loose change in the sofa cushions and feeding her goldfish.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
The heroine of this picture book dreams big. Living her daily life she proudly tells the reader about all the amazing things she will do one day. She will make friends with a dolphin and win a gold medal in gymnastics. But even as she dreams of the future she is very aware of her present. I wish I could say that I absolutely loved this book. And there were moments when it won me over completely. The illustrations are sweet and lovely in their detail. The heroine of the piece is captured beautifully by the artist. The little heroine's big dreams inspire one to dream big dreams as well. But an inexplicable something was missing from this picture book. Sadly, as soon as I closed its pages I completely forgot about the story. Despite this drawback the text is not without some merit. It would make a good, fast read for children. It would also make a nice gift for any child who has big dreams. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
School Library Journal

K - Gr 4 - Children will savor each page of this delightful book that alternates between "Someday" and the present. Goldie dreams of a busy future as an archaeologist, an animal scientist, an Olympic gymnast, and more. On the alternate pages she enjoys being a kid and hones the skills that she will need to achieve those goals-digging, counting, cartwheels-all those things that look like playing. Winstead's stylish art is a perfect fit for the whimsical text. The adorable little girl is all spindly limbs, buck-teeth, and flyaway hair, even in her dreams of adulthood. Observant readers will have fun comparing and contrasting the background elements in the someday/right now pairs of pages as they read this empowering book again and again.-June Wolfe, Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA

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Kirkus Reviews
What little girl (or boy) doesn't fantasize about what the future may bring? Told in first-person voice and illustrated with contrasting double spreads, a girl imagines what she'll do Someday, but Today, she is doing everyday things; i.e. "Someday I'll ride a dolphin named Wilma who tells me secrets of the sea, but Today I'm feeding my pet goldfish named Pumpkin who doesn't talk to me." She dreams of discovering dinosaur bones (but today, her digging is under the sofa cushions for coins), being invited to the White House (instead she's having lunch with her cousin who talks with his mouthfull) and winning a gymnastics gold medal at the Olympics (she's really practicing cartwheels in her back yard). Collage art carries off the juxtaposed dreamy visions/ordinary routines and adds subtle touches like the white cat with black head, paws and tail that appears in every scene. The girl with her long blond braid, freckled cheeks, overbite and pierced ears looks innocently plucky. Charmingly depicted and child appealing, kids will respond to the subtle message that it's okay to dream big. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803729414
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 100,458
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Rosie Winstead lives in Springfield, Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    So Charming!

    When I was looking for a book to buy for my niece, Someday jumped right out at me. It's pages are filled with whimsical illustratrations that refelct on a little girl dreaming big, but taking in small little details of her everyday life right now. Beautiful story, brilliant pictures!!!! Worth owning for sure!

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