Whatever You Grow Up to Be

Kingsbury, Karen

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Barcode: 9780310745129

Release date: 03/10/2015

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Karen Kingsbury captures the mother-son relationship through engaging rhymes, supported by the whisper of God's scripture on each beautifully illustrated page in the board book edition of Whatever You Grow Up to Be. The #1 New York Times bestselling author explores a boy's journey from childhood to fatherhood, illustrating the unlimited possibilities in his life. Valeria DoCompo's enchanting illustrations capture the imagination as a child takes on different roles such as prince, fireman, rock star and more.

From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--Parents, especially first-time moms, will get the most from reading or sharing this story with lively and sweet illustrations that capture a mother's pride as she sees her son through the precious moments of childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. ("God has plans, can't wait to see,/"Whatever you grow up to be.") Life offers many paths to take, and the boy's juvenile dreams of being a prince, a football player, or a rock star eventually give way to graduating college, becoming a businessman, and then marrying and having a family of his own. Narrating in rhyming verse, the mother pledges support no matter which direction he chooses to pursue and revels in the wonder of possibilities--artist, doctor, chef, astronaut, and farmer among them--now ahead for her grandchild. Appropriately toned scripture quotations caption each scene, further supporting the overall reassuring message of tenderness and joy from one generation to another.--Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
A mother rejoices in her new baby son and wonders, at each stage of his childhood, what God has in store. Prince? Fireman? Football player? Musician? Whatever You Grow Up to Be by renowned Christian author Karen Kingsbury is a picture book about trusting in God's plan. Told in gentle rhyming verse and punctuated by scripture, Whatever You Grow Up to Be captures the wonder and faith of parents as they watch their child grow into manhood. The message in the uplifting narrative is reassuringly simple: that God has a path for our lives. Cheerful kid-appealing illustrations by Valeria Docampo show a baby boy passing through familiar milestones on his way to becoming a father himself. Footprints used in many of the scenes cleverly evoke an ongoing journey. Whatever You Grow Up to Be would make a calming bedtime read-aloud or a sweet gift for new parents. Biblical quotes are taken from the New International Version. Nina Ditmar, CLJ (Christian Library Journal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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