You Are a Gift to the World

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Featuring the same unique flip-book design and universal message that made I Love You More a bestseller, this companion book brings the same beautiful lyricism to a new dual idea: A child is a gift to the world, and the world is a gift to a child. Evoking all that makes a child unique, the book then mirrors with the world's special gifts-from mountains to seas to life itself.

Inspirational as well as gorgeously written, both poems reach the ...

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Overview

Featuring the same unique flip-book design and universal message that made I Love You More a bestseller, this companion book brings the same beautiful lyricism to a new dual idea: A child is a gift to the world, and the world is a gift to a child. Evoking all that makes a child unique, the book then mirrors with the world's special gifts-from mountains to seas to life itself.

Inspirational as well as gorgeously written, both poems reach the same moving conclusion: A child in the world is the greatest gift of all.

Praise for I Love You More:

"I can just see an adult and a kid giggling away, flipping the book over and taking turns reading to get to the middle and a big fat hug... Sweet, simple examples that a little one with a big heart will understand."
-Alyne Ellis, AARP Radio Network

Laura Duksta always knew that she was meant to travel and spread the message of love. She is fulfilling this mission through her books, school programs, and inspirational talks. Laura resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Visit www.lauraduksta.com

Dona Turner lives in Oakland California. She teaches Graphic Design at UC Berkley Extension and has recently started making short videos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One question, two answers, and another Duksta "flip-sided" inspirational book (after the bestselling I Love You More) is born. This time, the motivating query is "What's the best gift in the whole wide world?" On one side, a parent answers his daughter that "You are the best gift that I have ever received./ You're a one-of-a-kind YOU better than I could have ever believed." Scenes of frolicking, swing pushing, and other quality time activities follow, after which readers can turn the book over and find the other answer: "You see the world itself is a big gift,/ full of miracles just like you and me./ There is so much to discover/ to learn, to do, and to see." These pages take readers up mountaintops and, in the book's most winning vignette, down to the depths of the ocean, where a toothy, grinning whale awaits. Although Duksta's writing is platitudinous and rhythmically challenged, at this point it's probably critic-proof, too. The real shout-out goes to Turner (My Cat Pearl), whose naïf, cheery watercolors have a bubbly energy that smooths over the text's rough spots. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This flip-sided book is cleverly designed to contain two stories with the same ending, repeating the format of the author's I Love You More (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, 2007). "You Are a Gift to the World" is a sweet ode to a child and the joy that she brings to her parents and the world by virtue of being. Flip the book over, "The World Is a Gift to You" is an elemental story of the value of the natural world and how things we take for granted are precious and worth revering. The artwork is charming and comforting. The images of children with their families are reassuring and gentle, and the middle "ending" page of both stories is sure to be enjoyed over and over.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402219542
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 698,261
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Duksta
Laura Duksta believes that when people know they are loved, anything is possible. Laura lost all of her hair to Alopecia Areata at the age of 11. It took her many years to love herself and to allow others to love her. Laura knew from a young age that she was meant to travel the world, meet her brothers and sisters and spread the message of love. She is now fulfilling this mission through her book, school programs and inspirational talks. Laura resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dona Turner is an illustrator and an abstract painter. Her work, inspired by a joyful universe, uses rich texture and playful color. She lives in Oakland California with her husband Robert Mozingo, an architect and winemaker, and their little dog, ZZ-belle. She teaches Graphic Design at UC Berkeley Extension and has recently started making short videos. When she's not making art, Dona likes to wander around the world finding odd and interesting things to add to her many collections.

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