Parents' Guide to

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

By Bess Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sweet what-to-be-when-you-grow-up book taps parental hopes.

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This gentle picture book has a sweet message told in soothing rhyme and truly beautiful art that’s at once nostalgic and modern. It's filled with lively artistic details, such as a mouse band that mimics the kids' rock band, a tin-can phone at a slumber party, and colorful hot air balloons floating over a dream landscape. The art, in subdued shades of blue, yellow, and red has a gently surprising relationship with the text. For instance, when the narrator wonders if her child will "take care of [much smaller] things,”"the complementing art includes a little blond boy with measuring tape wrapped around his shoulders sewing pants for a squirrel.

While the story is mainly a vehicle for parents to express their love and hopes for their children, young readers will also enjoy the pictures of kids dressed up in fun costumes (superheroes, bears, ballerinas) trying out different roles (musician, artist, veterinarian); the recurrence of woodland and wild creatures; and the cute details. Older children should also enjoy wondering what the future holds for them.

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