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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,587 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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 The perfect gift for Mother's Day, Graduation Day or Any Day - share a copy with every special person in yo
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Someday only gets three stars because there's a part of me that really, really dislikes being emotionally manipulated.

This is emotionally manipulative: any book that starts out with a mother describing snowflakes melting on her baby's skin, and ends with the mother, now dead, reflecting that her daughter, now old and gray, will probably think of her mother wistfully whilst waiting for the end of her own life.

That's just...

I wasn't...

I just wanted to read a cutesy book, darn it! Not be treated
I'm not really sure how to review this book, to be honest. I think it's more a book for mothers than for kids, even though it's technically a children's picture book. It's about how a mother's love for her child continues to grow throughout the years, and all her hopes for her child (that country song about "I hope you dance" came to mind while I was reading it!) I mean, it's a beautiful sentiment and maybe if I were already a parent I would be more into it, but it almost just felt a bit "too" s ...more
Krystie Park
I have one word for this book: beautiful.

Someday is a children's story illustrating the journeys of life, from birth to death. It is simply written, and yet it has a way of developing a complex and intense reaction from the reader.

After reading this story to my daughter, I cried and cried and cried... Tears of joy of course. It's a wonderful thing to picture your child as growing up happy, strong, and independent. What more can a parent ask for their child to be? However, It is equally as heart
"Someday your eyes will be filled with a joy so deep that they shine."

This is another one of those really emotional and sweet books that I'm pretty sure was written more for the parents than the kids. It's a very touching story with beautiful and whimsical illustrations about what the future has in store for the child. I will say, the ending is meaningful and all, but it was really a downer and kind of dragged the story down for me. I will also point out that the book is about a daughter, which
Jul 15, 2008 Malbadeen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sappy headed sap monsters
Recommended to Malbadeen by: Teachers workshop read aloud
Shelves: picture-books
After having been read this book aloud with soft music being played in the background and the reader getting chocked up over the words I think I can safely say I can't stand this genre. ugh!!!
The idea is to reflect or project on the fact that kids will eventually grow up and go away.
This book is like the Robert Muncsh book, "love you forever"
but less creepy.
Our "assignment" today was to write what came to mind during the book. Following are some of my t
I do not think I would consider this book to be a children's book. It is a simple book with few words, but I believe it is for adults, for it will truly touch the heart of any mother who reads it.

It is about a mother watching her daughter grow up and eventually her daughter becoming old with silver hair thinking of her mother.

I may be wrong, but I think few children would be intrigued with this book, but definitely a good gift for mothers or for children to keep till they are older and able to
Crystal Marcos
Being a mom of a soon to be one year old, I read this book and got all choked up. I was actually a little saddened by it. Partly because last night I was planning her birthday party and thinking I can't believe she is already almost one! I don't feel this is a book for my baby girl but rather a book for my baby girl when she is all grown up. I realize she will do just that someday. Life moves fast enough. I gave it a three star because I did appreciate it and it is a reminder to enjoy life and y ...more
Someday by Allison McGhee (author) and Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) is a powerfully moving story about love and life. Let's not fool ourselves, the issue of mortality is a very real one in this book, but delivered with such compassion and tenderness. It's easy to make an argument that it is not meant for children, but for adults, because of the life/death cycle.

In the story, we see the mom and daughter grow and develop through the years, as both take new roles as they age. The story also comb
Caycee Hatchette
Personal reaction: This book is one of my all time favorites because the story is a gradual progression of the child's life and it hits close to home. Some students may not have the same reaction that I have to it but all in all, I think it would still be a book that kids like.

I would read this book to kindergarteners. I would read this book to them at the end of the year, when they are about to move on to a higher grade. There is no figurative language but the style of the sentences flow. For e
I thought this book was darling. It shows the tender love a mother has for her child. It vocalizes all the hopes and dreams that parents have for their children as well. It made me think about my mom and the love she has for me and how she taught me to look forward to being a mother. However, I do see a few controversies in this book. I recognize that not all women can have children and this book could be offensive to women who want that but can't have that for themselves. Other controversies in ...more
This is my favourite keepsake book for new parents. It brings a tear to my eye every time I read it and I know that I will someday give it to my children when they have children of their own. It encompasses everything a mother feels, dreams and prays for her children from the moment they are born to the day she dies. I have no doubt that this will be a classic for many years to come.
Shannon Clark
This is a must read for all parents!! This was a gift from a student's parent a LONG TIME AGO, and I just now read it! Should have read it back then and read it to my daughter back then. Maybe I'll call her up and read it to her over the phone or invite her over and read it to her when she least suspects it! :)

The love of a parent never fades....
Jennifer Varela
Someday is probably the sweetest book I’ve ever read. This book is basically about the love between a mother and her daughter. The author carefully describes little moments of her daughter’s life starting when she was a newborn and ending with her being a grandma herself. It’s detailed in such a cute way that it had me close to tears just imagining the great love that the mother in the book had with her daughter. The illustrations are really simple but really well done. The whole book is complet ...more
Nouf Alfadl
Someday was and still is one of my favorite picture books.The illustration of the book is freaking AWESOME! You can even feel happiness, sadness, even LOVE from the pictures. I'll, for sure, read it for my future children hahahaha :P <3
Maddie Sharp
This book is not what I expected at all. I expected a sweet and lovely book about the love that a mother and a daughter share. I was not prepared for the emotions that followed. We see a mother talking about how she loves the way snowflakes melt on the babies skin. The book ends with the mother, who is deceased, looking down upon her daughter and all she had accomplished. This book is more suited for parents rather than children, I think. This could be a good tool to use in a classroom for a pro ...more
Feel like having one of those aching, painful, heart-swelling sobs trapped in your chest as you attempt to read aloud to your children??? Then read this book.
This book about a mother watching her daughter grow up makes me cry every time I read it.
I picked up this book from the library because of Peter Reynolds' wonderfully beautiful artwork on the cover.

The story itself is poignant, but never reaches the schmaltzy levels of the Hallmark Channel (or, for that matter, cards), nor is it anywhere near as unsettling at "I'll Love You Forever". It is truly a lovely, lovely story, and Reynolds illustrations and lettering are very well-suited for it. I'm not sure how much my six-year-old boy got out of it (apart from telling me that when he is
Sarah Schwartz
Genre: Picturebook
Age Group: Nursery and Primary

Summary: This book describes a mother's love for her young child and how this love grows as the child ages. It is essentially a love letter to her daughter, including all her hopes and dreams for her future.

Evaluation: I gave this book five stars because I thought that it perfectly described how as a mother, you want so badly for your child to grow up and be independent, but also long to keep them close. The first time I read this, I sobbed
My long-lost half-uncle in Japan just sent the Japanese version of this book as a gift for my three month old daughter. My mom will be reading the book to my daughter since I cannot read Japanese, but today I decided to open the book and narrate a story based on the illustrations. Oh, man. The illustrations beautifully convey a story of warmth and the sweet sadness of motherhood. Is it sappy? Maybe it is. I think that's why I love it, actually. I was compelled to check out the American version o ...more
This book was the cutest book that I have ever read! I am definitely going to be getting this book and reading it to my children someday and even buy it for my children. The message itself is so sweet and I love the fact that the pictures weren't over done, they were simple and it really went a long with the feeling of the book. I absolutely love the message behind it, it makes me homesick and it makes me really want to have a family of my own, I absolutely loved this book!!!
This story hit close to home for me where I am a mother myself. I loved how the story goes through the joy and stages of motherhood. I most like how the story begins the mother and ends with her daughter as a mother and how it created such emphasis of the importance of taking the time to step back and observe the beauties of child becoming and mother and that mother witnessing her own child through her eyes. Great story and great read.
North Lake County Public Library
This is another book that seems to have as much if not more appeal for the parents of small children as it does for the children themselves--I had multiple parents tell me how "sweet" it was and how much they enjoyed discovering it in our Mother Goose Monday sessions. I think the concepts it touches on are super important and well-told, but they're also difficult ones for really little littlies (ages 0 to 3) to grasp, much less care about.
Angela Jones
Someday is an adorable story about the unconditional love a mother has for her daughter. Personally, I thought this book was more for adults rather than children because of the content of the book. Yes, it is a picture book, but a picture book more aimed for adults. However, if a mother-daughter read the book together I think it would be fitting. Someday is a heart warming story.
Reminds me of "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. Reading this to my daughter got me a little choked up. I myself do not want to think of my LOs growing up on me, but alas...

This book was in the children's section of the library. I think it is more for moms but I could see how this book would be in that section (see first sentence of "review").
Bethany Boutin
A sweet love note whispered over the years from a mother watching her daughter grow up. The spare prose paired with simple pencil drawings and subtle color keep this book from being an overly effusive piece, but rather a simply tender portrayal of the cyclical nature of life. A wonderful story for mothers and daughters of all ages to share.
This book is so sweet. It reminds me of a song my mom used to sing when I was little "where are you going my little one."It shows the process of growing up and moving on and away from the perspective of the mom and the daughter at the same time. In a way it made me sad, but it is one I definitely will want when I have a daughter of my own.
Steven R. McEvoy
This story was a wonderful read and I am sure it will become a family favorite. It follows a mother as she expresses her hopes and dreams for what her daughter's life will entail. It is interesting - over the last year I have been working through reviewing all books illustrated by Peter H Reynolds, and this was an amazing read. The illustrations were wonderful; the lettering is part of the artwork with mixed pages of photos and text flowing across to the facing pages. The pallet was soft and ful ...more
Ainhoa de Alberto
El regalo perfecto para una hija, pero también para una madre. Su historia resume los mejores momentos de cualquier vida. Se trata de un libro muy emotivo que relata, casi con nostalgia, los recuerdos felices de una mujer, desde que nace hasta que el tiempo le roba a sus seres queridos. Aunque dedica un par de páginas a los momentos difíciles que la hicieron llorar, no les concede mayor importancia. Porque Algún día ofrece una visión optimista y entrañable de la vida. Sus emotivas palabras nos r ...more
Madi Sharp
I absolutely loved the book Someday. I liked how the words were stretched across the page in different curves. It was such a cute storyline that told of the things you will go through in life. She taught how to appreciate what you have. I think that it would be a good book to read at bedtime.
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Alison McGhee is the award-winning author of picture books, poems, and novels for all ages, including the young adult novel ALL RIVERS FLOW TO THE SEA and the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller SOMEDAY, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Alison McGhee lives in Minnesota.
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