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Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

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. . . I wanted you more than you’ll ever know,

so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . . .

Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day.

If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ...

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Overview

. . . I wanted you more than you’ll ever know,

so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . . .

Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day.

If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As a child frolics in a magical version of the natural world, the narrator coos her enduring parental love: "I wanted you more/ than you ever will know,/so I sent love to follow/ wherever I go." The child, of neutral ethnicity and indeterminate gender (thanks to an orange bucket hat and compositions that always show him or her in profile or from behind) is one lucky kid: there's a piggyback ride on a hippo, apple-picking with the help of an albino giraffe, a park bench chat with pandas, and a snooze that literally entails lying down with the lambs. Tillman's (On the Night You Were Born) digital artwork teeters of the edge of saccharine, and she's too fond of dancing blobs of lights. But she has an unerring instinct for dramatic composition--in these pages, readers get the sense of spying on a secret world--and her potent combination of unapologetic sentiment, fantasy, photorealism, and painterliness has an undeniable allure. As with her other books, the real audience is probably grownups looking for a misty-eyed interlude. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Praise for Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You:

“The illustrations that flow across each page of this tale are every bit as beautiful as the message: Never doubt that you’re number one with Mom.” —Parenting: Early Years

"Encourages an adult and child to snuggle affectionately together with a book is undeniable and may make this just the balm the doctor (or librarian) ordered.” —Booklist

“Parents and grandparents with a sweet tooth will likely lap up the latest in Tillman’s string of sentimental favorites.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[Tillman] has an unerring instinct for dramatic composition—in these pages, readers get the sense of spying on a secret world—and her potent combination of unapologetic sentiment, fantasy, photorealism, and painterliness has an undeniable allure.” —Publishers Weekly

“Oh, to be the lucky child whose parent reads Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You aloud…Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You is the book you want to give to whomever you love; it would make a memorable birthday, holiday or ‘just because’ gift, and it is sure to be treasured.” —BlogCritics.org

“The simplicity of the illustrations work well with the verses that describe the power of love and how it is always near no matter where one is. Those children who enjoyed Tillman's previous book, On the Night You Were Born, will probably enjoy the lyrical words and enchanting illustrations of this book, too. A wonderful book to share with children to let them know they are always loved.” —Children’s Literature

Praise for On the Night You Were Born:

“This is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy.” —Publishers Weekly

“A beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of every child.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are.” —Booklist

Praise for It’s Time to Sleep, My Love:

“As in On the Night You Were Born, the words directly address a young listener with comforting, fanciful imagery. . . . culminating in a final scene of a sleeping child in a floating bed under a watchful moon, this gentle, tender offering will buoy children with its strong messages of safety and love.” —Booklist

“A luxuriant bedtime retreat for children and parents alike.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Spirit of Christmas:

“Tillman expertly swirls together reality and fantasy—the narrator's child delights in the sight of the decorated tree, the lion lies down with the lamb—as is fitting for such a magical night.” —Shelf Awareness

“Handsomely illustrated, this Christmas book is bound to be hyped as the perfect seasonal gift. . . . Tillman’s sentimental sensibility and beautiful artwork ensure that this will become a popular choice at holiday time.” —Booklist

“A beautiful and timeless book.” —School Library Journal

“As the adult speaker of the story nods off in a comfy red chair, the Spirit of Christmas appears, ready to get the narrator in the holiday spirit. What follows is a buoyant, imagistic tribute to the season, as the Spirit lists joys both concrete and intangible, before offering the reminder: ‘Because it took nothing but love to begin it,/ it’s not really Christmas if love isn’t in it.’ Tillman’s ethereal illustrations are surreal but captivating.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bestselling author Tillman offers a dreamlike interpretation of the collective spirit that permeates the holiday.” —Kirkus

 

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Realize the strength of love and how it is able to go anywhere. In the illustrations, a trail of stars represents love that follows the young child with the red hat. The star-like magic of love accompanies the child's fanciful adventures. The young child interacts with a variety of animals. The starry trail of love follows closely whether the child dances with a bear in a field, rides on a hippopotamus across the water, plays with rabbits in a snowy grove, or rests with sheep in the shade of the trees. The simplicity of the illustrations work well with the verses that describe the power of love and how it is always near no matter where one is. Those children who enjoyed Tillman's previous book, On the Night You Were Born, will probably enjoy the lyrical words and enchanting illustrations of this book, too. A wonderful book to share with children to let them know they are always loved. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
Parents and grandparents with a sweet tooth will likely lap up the latest in Tillman's string of sentimental favorites. Couched in a series of breathless phrases and exhortations, the (presumably) parent's adoration of the child is expressed ad nauseum, accompanied by a series of slightly surreal illustrations. A swirl of white stars represents the parent's love. The child, whose face is always shrouded or turned away, is accompanied in each illustration by one or more animals pictured in photorealistic detail. The contrast with the softer, generally pastoral backgrounds is surprisingly pleasing if utterly inexplicable. Young listeners may wonder just why the child is frolicking in the water with a pair of hippos or playing in the surf with two small purple pachyderms, but the paintings are probably pretty enough to distract them. The text, unfortunately, has no such saving grace, and the abstract descriptions will do little to capture young listeners' attention. If parents want their children to feel loved, a better bet would be to find a book they'll both enjoy and share it together. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312549664
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 29,349
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include The Spirit of Christmas and Tumford the Terrible. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

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    Beautiful Art plus Beautiful Words = a Keeper

    I've collected children's books for years even though I don't have kids and this type of book shows you why. Great for reading aloud, its outstanding artwork features animals from bears to giraffes beautifully illustrated - no kiddie cartoon drawings here. This is one for your keeper shelf.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Touching

    We lost our baby girl last year and this book is so fitting for our family. Even though it was written for a living child, Maya's brothers and sister can see something tangible in the words of this book. They now understand that love exists even when there is only a memory. Thank you so much, Nancy, for this beautiful book we now hold so dear.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    nook cost

    the B&N hardcover book is currently selling for $9.34 while the nook book is $9.99.....really? I don't get it.

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Simply lovely

    I was looking for a book to give my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Our first grandchild will be five months old a few days after Christmas, and I wanted a very special book for mother to read to daughter. I opened this book and was in tears within pages. The beauty of the text, paired with the marvelous illustrations, simply overwhelmed this emotional new grandma. I bought it immediately. I've also ordered it online as gifts for my nieces, who are also relatively new moms. The book is perfect for quiet times reading to little ones, and the message is one that no child can hear too often.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    love love love this book

    I bought this book for my husband and daughter to read together. We are a military family and this book is perfect for us. My husband is currently deployed and I read this to our daughter every night. Even though her daddy isn't home to read it to her, thanks to this book she knows that his love will follow her where she may go. Thank you Nancy Tillman for writing a book that is perfect for our family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    Wonderful

    every single time I read this to my daughter it brings tears to my eyes and I find myself trying to clear the frog from my throat. in a word this book is lovely. I will buy this book for every new parent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2010

    This is a must read!

    My 25 year old daughter and I try to give each other a special children's book at Christmas. This year I think I have found the ultimate book to help tell her how much I love her! Thank you so much Nancy Tillman for putting my feelings in words!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    We are foster parents to newborns awaiting adoption so I have just begun to give this little book to the adoptive parents as it expresses our love to these babies so well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Beautiful

    Love story between parents and their children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    i just ordered this book for my daughters high school graduation

    i just ordered this book for my daughters high school graduation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Gave this to my granddaughter for her 3rd birthday. It is such a beautiful book. I love reading it to her.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    I loved this book!

    Very charming book with great artistry. Perfect for bedtime reading to young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Love it!!!

    Great story for your little ones about love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    special book

    Beautiful sentiment...gave to my three adult boys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    This book is a wonderful way to send love to a child and the boo

    This book is a wonderful way to send love to a child and the book will make that child feel loved. The child will know that someone cares.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Beautiful!!!!

    The sentiments are lovely for any age group, especially if the child is advancing to a new level or going to a new place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    A sweet story

    Called a baby book but the meaning is really for a little older child. Still, a tender story that parents will like to read to their children, because it tells of their enduring love, no matter what.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    My 35 year old daughter and I have had a life altering falling o

    My 35 year old daughter and I have had a life altering falling out. I'm sending this book to her at Christmas to try and help her remember that love never dies. A Mother's love never ends, never diminishes over time. The words expressed in this book are what I wish I could have written. Thank you, Nancy Tillman, for helping me find the right words.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it, I purchased it for a grandson that doesn't live close, so wanted him to know that even though it may be quite awhile between times that we see each other, & we live in different places, he is always loved. Just a perfect book for this. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Beautifully written

    I purchased this for my young granddaughter. She has won my heart totally and this book expresses how I feel about her and that no matter where she goes in life my love will follow her. I find this book magical.

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