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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 The perfect gift for Mother's Day, Graduation Day or Any Day - share a copy with every special person in yo...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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

Oh my goodness, what a special book. This is book that is definitely more for mothers than it is for little ones. It's a book that will make many mothers (new and old) tear up when they read it. It's a wonderful story that beautifully sums up what most mothers will or have experienced raising a child from infancy to later life.

Beautiful, touching verse dispersed through pages of pen & ink pastel watercolor drawings done by Peter Reynolds, this is one of those rare books that will be read, tu...more
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.
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...more
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
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").
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
I thought this book at one point was a tear-jerker. Several years later, I brace myself & pick it up again: and didn't get misty at all.

Sweet idea of message that the book tries to convey-however; it circles back around all to find seemingly being a bit self-absorbed.

Loved the illustrations!
My little 3-year-old reacted with ... disinterest, other than she sensed her mama was sad, and she reacted to my sadness.

This definitely is NOT a book for children, but a book for the adults who love these amazing beings. Who know what's coming, by very virtue of our more-years-on-this-planet age.

This story is beautiful, resonating ... Argh. How often does something remind me of how lucky I am to bear witness to another life? Other lives?

Well, yes. It's true that many books ply upon these emoti...more
Jul 11, 2014 Tc rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This book is a must read for mothers of little girls. I would not recommend reading this to children as the message is grown up, but it is a perfect gift for new mothers. It is always displayed on my living room bookshelf, and read every few months. It reminds me how happy I am to be a mother, and lucky to have little girls. Get your tissues ready!
Delightful story between a mother and her young daughter. All about all the things that will happen 'someday'. I would love to know more young moms to recommend this to. Really delightful!

wonder if there is anything comparable for dads.
In 1950, Mary Blair created the original paintings used in Disney's classic animated movie, Cinderella. Blair's stylish, timeless illustrations are compiled here for the first time, matched with Cynthia Rylant's sparsely beautiful retelling. By far, my favorite Cinderella story yet!

Hand lettering and whimsical illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds bring to life this powerful ode to a mother's dreams for her child. A perfect gift book for anyone at any age.

Recommended by B.T.D,

Nicole Martin
I liked this book. The story is very sweet, and is a great book for a mother to read to her infant. However, I think that this is a book that a parent would enjoy more than a child.
Meghan Mcmanis
This book really touched my heart and got to me, it is about a mothers love and growing up and becoming a mother yourself. There will be speed bumps along the way but moms will always be there. I loved this book so much that I bought it and wrote a letter to my mom on the inside and left it on her nightstand today. I would incorporate this book in my class by talking about growing up and seeing what each of my students wants to be when they grow up and what their parents do for a living. I would...more
Maureen Haddock
Someday by Alison Meghee and Peter Reynolds is a beautiful description of unconditional love flowing from generation to generation. I have often read it aloud as the tears trickle down my cheeks. When asked why I'm crying there is nothing to say except, "Because I love you so much." This little book would make a fabulous Mother's Day gift. I love the illustrations because they are soft and dreamy but full of childlike simplicity. Even when the little girl becomes a grandma and the mom is just a...more
I cannot read this book out loud, {{tears and snot and blubbering}} but it is a wonderful tribute to mothers and daughters.
My mom gave me this book right before I left for college. When I was home during Thanksgiving break I read it just for fun and it made me tear up. It is about a mother reflecting on her love for her child and how much her love continues throughout that child's life. I think it would be a perfect book for a mother to read to her daughter at different stages in her life. I will always think of my mom when reading this book and always tear up when I think of how much I lover her. This is a touching...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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