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The Wonderful Things You Will Be Hardcover – August 25, 2015

4.8 out of 5 stars 4,668 ratings

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PreS—Childhood is a time full of potential, and Martin celebrates this promise in this work. The general premise of Dr. Seuss's classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go is pared down to elegant simplicity. "Will you stand up for good/By saving the day?/Or play a song only you/Know how to play?" While the rhyming text falters a bit in spots, the word choice overall is spare, inspiring, and accessible to preschoolers. Children are encouraged to be kind, clever, and bold, to take care of the small, and to help things grow. Martin's oil paintings have the same retro, mid-century feel as her other illustrations, with large-eyed children of many ethnicities playing, gardening, and sharing together. VERDICT A go-to gift for new parents, and a potential bedtime favorite for many children.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC

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“Her children are so serious… and so unflappable… that they convey not just hope for the future, but a sense of manifest destiny.” — Publishers Weekly starred review

“Sweet but not saccharine and singsong but not forced, Martin's text is one that will invite rereadings as it affirms parental wishes for children while admirably keeping child readers at its heart.”
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Product details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385376715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385376716
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars4,668 customer ratings
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Dull Lifeless Picture Book Written For Adults To Tell Little Ones What They Are Expected To Be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with such a lovely sentiment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - for parent and child!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Little Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect sentiment
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5.0 out of 5 stars I’m not crying, it’s just...dust in my eye
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