Whatever You Grow Up to Be

Whatever You Grow Up to Be

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Whatever You Grow Up to Be 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Christianfictionaddiction More than 1 year ago
"Ten little toes right from the start make footprints on your mommy's heart!" Author Karen Kingsbury and Illustrator Valeria Docampo team up again with their latest collaboration, "Whatever You Grow Up to Be". The story captures the journey from boyhood to manhood and all of the memorable moments in between. From playing in the mud to pretending to be a fireman, to heading off to college or becoming a father, this story celebrates all the possibilities that a mother can envision for her son as he grows up. My children were super excited to see another book from Kingsbury and Docampo, immediately recognizing the signature illustrating style of the book from prior reads. They were soon captivated by the beautiful pictures and the catchy rhyme that the story is written in. Kingsbury adds her signature excellent writing style to the book, and she perfectly captures the highlights of a typical boys' childhood experiences. I loved all the scripture that accompanies the pages and different stages that the boy is found in, and felt they fit in well with the theme of that page. The story provides an excellent opportunity for your own son to envision the fun times he will have growing up, but also the responsibility he will grow into as he graduates and moves on to a career and starts a family of his own. In a world where godly, responsible men seem to be becoming a rare commodity, this book and others like it can play a pivotal role in calling out boys towards true masculinity. The book celebrates all that God has in store for boys, all the dreams that they can pursue, and as such is a joyful book that will inspire children to envision a bright future! I and my children greatly enjoyed this latest treasure from Kingsbury, and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher via the BookLook Bloggers Program.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
All you boy mommas need to grab a Kleenex before reading this one! It is such a poignant reminder that the days may be long but the years fly by. Before you know it you will be looking into the face of your precious grandbaby. Through the use of rhyming verse Karen Kingsbury takes us through the journey of a mother and her beloved son. As each milestone passes the momma is there to cheer her son on no matter what he grows up to be. The story begins with the birth of her own son and goes through all the life stages up to the point of the birth of her grandson. The illustrations by Valeria Docampo are absolutely beautiful. I love the bright colors and the whimsical paintings.  While this is technically a children's book I think it would make a marvelous gift for Mother's Day for all the boy mommas and even the grandmommas!  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Beautifully Written & Illustrated! "Whatever You Grow Up to Be" is a beautiful book written in rhyme, a mother talking to her son from the time of his birth throughout his growing seasons, ultimately concluding as her son becomes a father. The poetry begins with the mother's joy from the moment her son is born, and proceeds through the milestones of her son's life, and her love and support at every stage. As she tells him about those milestones she encourages and cheers her son forward, and shows acceptance for whatever her son decides to be, explaining that God has plans for him. Each segment throughout the book contains a well-chosen scriptural reading appropriate to the sentiments involved, enhancing the spiritual aspects of this wonderful book.  The is an over-sized hardcover book that is beautifully written and illustrated! Not only that, it is spiritually enriching and encouraging. Although poignant, as time passes by so swiftly through "the son's" life, the reading is positive and superbly written. As I read through this book I felt strong emotions at every stage of the boy's life, and the support and encouragement that is revealed as "the mother" talks to her child. I will be giving this book to my daughter who is expecting twin boys in a couple of months. This is a book that should be in the libraries of all mothers of sons! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
As a pastor and Father I am always looking for books to read my two sons at bedtime. Whatever You Grow Up to Be Karen Kingsbury is a beautiful book of a Mother's bedtime rhyme to her son about all the possibilities that lie ahead in his life. When my son asks me to read the book he describes it as, "can you read the story where the boy grows up and becomes a Dad?" It's sweet. The story actually begins with the child as a baby - so this book would be a cute 'baby shower' gift if your Mom-to-be knows she is having a boy. The pictures from Valeria Docampo are very creative and eye catching and really help flesh the story out. Of course the story is told with a Christian over tone, so there are a few biblical ideas here that your son or daughter can glean. (of course the story is about a 'boy' if you want a girl focused book by the same author I recommend 'Always Daddy's Princess.') This would make a great book to have in your church library, nursery or a gift to a grandson or granddaughter. Thank you to Zondervan for giving me this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatever You Grow Up to Be is a Christian children’s book (ages 3-5) that is about all the possibilities that a young boy’s future holds.  (There is companion book geared towards girls.)  The story follows a boy’s life from a child to an adult, talking about how he could grow up to be whatever his interest is at that particular age (firefighter, football player, musician, etc.) and how he can be a godly man in many different ways. The illustrations are very colorful and lively, and my almost-4-year-old son particularly enjoyed seeing the family pets on each page, which bring a little extra humor to the drawings.  I liked that one of the “if that’s what you grow up to be” scenarios was being a dad, since that’s my son’s current answer when I ask him what he wants to be when he grows up.  (Then he slightly revised his answer to be a “poppa dentist.”  Poppa is what he calls my dad…and then I died of cute.) Based on the title, I was hoping for something exploring some more unique professions, not just a standard little kid playing firefighter –> teen playing football –> college kid majoring in business.  Interestingly, the last page of the book has some wonderful illustrations of men in all different kinds of interesting professions — chef, astronaut, farmer etc. — so I wonder if that angle was considered at some point during the writing or editing of the book.  I would have also liked to see some diversity in the people illustrated in this book. Overall, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.  My son has asked to read it more than once, but he mostly loves the illustrations.  This book seems to be written mostly for the parent reading the story to appreciate, rather than for the child listening to it.  For example, the story ends with the mom in the story (now a grandma) helping her son’s baby take his first steps.  I think that’s a little overly sentimental for most 4 year olds to appreciate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago