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1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 volume : color illustrations ; 20 x 21 cm
A mother reflects on the all the milestones, from walking in a deep wood to holding someone else's hand, that her child will achieve during life.


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A mother's love leads to a mother's dream -- every mother's dream -- for her child to live life to its fullest.

A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the book you'll want to share with someone else...today. The perfect gift for Mother's Day, Graduation Day or Any Day - share a copy with every special person in your life.

Author Notes

Alison McGhee lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She is the recipient of a Loft-McKnight Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a 1995 Editor's Fiction Prize from Snake nation, and a Pushcart Prize honorable mention. Her title Bink and Gollie, Two for One with Kate DiCamillo made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Publisher Provided) Alison McGhee was born on July 8, 1960 and attended Middlebury College in Vermont. Her first book, Rainlight, won the Great Lakes College Association National Fiction Award and the Minnesota Book Award in 1999. She writes books for all ages including picture books like Countdown to Kindergarten and Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, young adult books like Snap and All Rivers Flow to the Sea, and adult books like Shadow Baby and Was It Beautiful?. Her other awards include four Minnesota Book Awards, the GLCA National Fiction Award, Friends of the American Library Award, Gold Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Award, ALA Best Books for Children, and Parents' Choice Award, and a City Pages Artist of the Year award. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A mother watches her child dream and reflects on the day the child was born, the first time the child felt snow, and her first bike ride. Then the story shifts into someday, and the mother thinks about her child growing up, leaving for college, and having a child of her own. McGhee's quiet picture book (S. & S., 2007) is brought to life by Peter H. Reynold's illustrations. Music and sound effects accompany each page, and the text is read lovingly by the author. Fidgety readers may find the musical interludes a little too long between pages, especially on the track with page-turn signals, as there are long pauses after each. Parents will appreciate the message while children will likely only understand once their own "someday" has come.-Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one," opens McGhee's (A Very Brave Witch) understated yet emotion-charged expression of a mother's love and hopes for her child. Reynolds's (The Dot) spare, wispy pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict the narrator and her daughter sharing everyday moments that mark milestones in the girl's maturation: the mother watches snowflakes "melt on your baby skin" and crosses the street as her little one grasps her hand. A transitional spread first reveals the youngster on a tricycle, aided by her mother, and then riding solo on a bicycle ("Then, you were my baby,/ and now you are my child"). Quietly the emotion builds, as the mother thinks of the future in store for her daughter, its joys and sorrows: "Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you." Here Reynolds depicts the woman, older than she was at the book's start, on the left, gazing forlornly across the white expanse of the spread. The narrative comes full circle, as the parent looks ahead to a day, "a long time from now," when her daughter's own hair will "glow silver in the sun." Handlettering by Reynolds augments the story's deeply personal quality, which will resonate with both new and seasoned mothers. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

A mother's lyrical, impressionistic paean to her daughter begins, ""One day I counted your fingers,"" and ends, ""Someday...your own hair will glow silver in the sun. / And...you will remember me."" Some adult readers will be dabbing their eyes--hand-lettered text and loose-lined watercolors frost this sentimental cake--but kids will have a hard time relating. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

From a new mother's first moments with her infant to the seasoned perspective of a grandmother in the twilight of her life, McGhee triumphs in her tribute to the steadfast constancy of a mother's love. With a stunning purity of unaffected language, McGhee examines the artless moments that herald the passage of time in a child's life. From snowflakes falling on an unsuspecting infant's upturned face to soaring high and self-propelled on a swing, McGhee's simple text is full of the poignant emotions a parent feels as her child grows and embarks upon his or her own life's path. Just as the simplicity of McGhee's verse serves to underscore the vast depth of emotion expressed, Reynolds renders pen-and-ink watercolor illustrations in the same understated style. Subtle colors and small vignettes convey the intimate tone of the text and the hand lettering done by Reynolds further emphasizes the deeply personal elements of the tale. McGhee's homage to the unbroken bond that connects mothers to their children is a gift to share across generations. (Picture book. All ages) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.