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4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  1,985 Ratings  ·  311 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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Jubilation Lee
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
Feb 18, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
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" ...more
Krystie Park
Dec 30, 2012 Krystie Park rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2010 Pauline rated it liked it
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
Vicky Tzortzi
Jul 20, 2016 Vicky Tzortzi rated it it was amazing
Υπερόχο... 2 λόγια σε κάθε σελίδα και είναι αρκετά για να συγκινήσουν...
(Στα ελληνικά απο τις εκδόσεις mamaya)
Jul 15, 2008 Malbadeen rated it did not like it
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
Sep 18, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
"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
Crystal Marcos
May 19, 2010 Crystal Marcos rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Zack added it
Personal response: I thought this was a very emotional book and talks about the lifecycle of a human being as a mother all the way to a grandmother. It is also very joyful and can be happy at times.

Plot: The plot of the story is about a mother has a child and watches her grow up to be older and she dreams about someday when she is older and leaves the house and grows up.

Characterization: there were mostly three characters in this story from mom the daughter and the grandchild. There was backgro
Aug 24, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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
May 31, 2013 Shannon Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-reviewed-yet
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....
Nouf Alfadl
Oct 21, 2011 Nouf Alfadl rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2013 Jenifer rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 13, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This book about a mother watching her daughter grow up makes me cry every time I read it.
Mar 28, 2016 Elisa rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2016 Caterina rated it it was amazing
Today, at the end of a job interview, I was offered a book from the office's library, as a gift.
Though surprised to do so, as soon as my gaze fell upon the cover of this small book, I was even more pleasantly surprised once I turned the first pages of Alison's McGhee, Someday.
It is a precious book that shows glimpses of a mother's love, thoughts, hopes and dreams, all of which are given through the colorful pages of this little "fellow".
It immediately brought tears to my eyes, as all I could
Nov 21, 2016 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: avi
Way too long for a 'baby book' where this was originally shelved with. And where are the father figures in this book? Was hoping for a nice book to read to my daughter but really couldn't empathize with the protagonist.
Abz Bdeir
Nov 24, 2016 Abz Bdeir rated it it was amazing
It was such an emotional book. Dad bought it for me. hardcover. And he kept it for me so I can read it when I grow up and remember him
Hass Bdeir
Nov 24, 2016 Hass Bdeir rated it it was amazing
It was such an emotional book. Dad bought it for me. hardcover. And he kept it for me so I can read it when I grow up and remember him
Traci Bold
Simplicity at it's finest in both prose and illustration, yet it packs a powerful punch as a mother shares her finest thoughts with her child as her child grows up. A tearjerker for sure.

Written by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

#PB #Growingup #family #love
Ashley Falkos
Oct 13, 2016 Ashley Falkos rated it it was amazing
I gave this simple, beautiful story to my daughter on her first birthday. It is about a mother-daughter relationship. I cried the first, second, and third time I read it... It will be one to cherish.
Oct 02, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
I actually cried in the library while reading this. What a beautiful tribute to a mother's love.

October 2016
Sep 27, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
I think this would be most appropriate for an older child, not my 6 month old daughter.
Nuria Coe
Sep 19, 2016 Nuria Coe rated it it was amazing
Bought two copies, one for each of my girls. I will gift it to them with the hope that they will take it with them wherever they go.
Mar 26, 2014 Oscar rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sarah Schwartz
Oct 18, 2011 Sarah Schwartz rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing
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
Caycee Hatchette
Feb 24, 2015 Caycee Hatchette rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Varela
Apr 26, 2014 Jennifer Varela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tl-307
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 ...more
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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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