A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book is written in a poetic style and uses examples of rhyming. Also touches upon the important social emotional learning lesson of labeling your feelings.
Even the smallest act can make a huge, positive impact. If you don't try, you'll never know what could have happened. With faith and help from friends, you can make the world a better place. It's important to care about your neighborhood and show kindness to others.
Positive Role Models
The little boy in the story observes a problem in his neighborhood. Despite being told that the issue is too big to fix, he displays compassion and begins creating change. He finds friends who are supportive and who will work with him to create a more beautiful tomorrow.
The main character in the story is Black, and other characters have various skin tones. A variety of religions and ages are also shown. There is representation of the unhoused population, wheelchair users, and limb differences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Something, Someday is a picture book by New York Times-bestselling author, presidential inaugural poet, and activist Amanda Gorman (Change Sings: A Children's Anthem). Illustrated by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree, Christian Robinson, the book speaks about the importance and impact of small actions. Themes of the book include the beauty of creating change, having hope for a better tomorrow, and not being discouraged when a problem feels too big to fix. The strength of the book's main character is his compassion for others. The book is written in a poetic form that young readers will enjoy.
Is It Any Good?
This is a powerful and uplifting picture book that will inspire readers of all ages to spread good acts in the world around them. Something, Someday spotlights the talents of both author and poet Amanda Gorman and illustrator Christian Robinson. The book's text is a simple, yet dynamic, poem that young readers will be able to understand and connect with. The illustrations combine collages with hand-drawings, to create unique and multi-layered art.
In a world where the problems around us can feel too big to fix or too painful to face, this book reminds us that small actions can create large impacts. The book's diverse characters come together to show care for their community, putting aside their own needs and priorities for the greater good. It's powerful that the inspiration for change is a young Black boy, who ignores doubt and discouragement. Readers will remember to remain hopeful about the beauty that tomorrow may bring.
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