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Blueberry Girl

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This is a prayer for a blueberry girl . . .

A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.

Let me go places that we've never been, trust and delight in her youth.

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published March 1st 2009)
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Sam Bloom
This book is beautifully written (of course, it's Neil Gaiman) and the illustrations are amazing... kind of a cross between Jamberry and Coraline. But I must say, I am starting to have a hard time with picture books that are written for adults but marketed to kids by appealing to their parents (does that make sense? because it did in my head when I wrote it). If you're going to write a book for kids, then write a book for kids... but if you're going to write a book for your good friend when she' ...more
Mayra Sigwalt
Oct 28, 2015 Mayra Sigwalt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-que-tenho
O livro tem 10 páginas e eu fiquei com os olhos cheios d'água no final? Fiquei. É a prece e a poesia que eu gostaria de dar para a filha que eu pretendo ter um dia.
Lisa Vegan
Apr 16, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents and those who love children more than for children
Well, I liked this book much better that I’d anticipated.

The illustrations are of a type that usually aren’t my favorite style, but I loved the paintings that have blue whales in them, including the very last picture, which is very full of a lot of what’s shown in all the previous pictures.

The rhyming poem that makes up the story really touched me, but I can’t help wondering if this is a book that will be appreciated much more by parents and others who love children, more than the children will
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Melki
Aug 24, 2015 Melki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, poetry
Gaiman's poem is lovely and should be read as a tribute to little girls everywhere. My complaint is about the illustrations. It is just a niggling little thing, but it kept me from fully enjoying the book - the outlines around the girls and creatures drove me nuts. I think lovely watercolors bleeding into one another would have been more in keeping with the fairy tale tone of the narrative.
Lynn
Feb 04, 2010 Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, flawed
I watched the video version, I have to be honest - I didn't like it.

I appreciate the good thoughts and words infused, but I didn't like "blueberry girl". There was no mention of the fruit in the story, why put it in the title?

It's not that I don't like blueberries, but I think naming a child after a fruit at least deserves a fruity kinda story. It makes more sense.

Else, it's disjointed and quite meaningless.

I didn't like the poetry/ prose either. They're supposed to be inspiring, lighthearted an
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Mary Ann
Apr 16, 2009 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it that we hope for when we think of our daughters? That they grow up to be strong young women? That they find joy in the every day things of life? That they can weather the storms that we know are coming? How do we express our hope for our children?

These questions float around in all parents' heads. But Neil Gaiman has turned these thoughts into a wonderful poem. Gaiman wrote a lovely poem Blueberry Girl for a good friend who pregnant and having a daughter. Now he has published it, with
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Izlinda
Sep 07, 2008 Izlinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I read this in the library yesterday. Neil Gaiman wrote it for Tori's daughter, when Tori was still pregnant, several years ago. I really love this book, and the thoughtfulness of the poem, and illustrations by Charles Vess.
Barbara
Jun 30, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fiction
Gorgeous, although the five-year-old I read it to wasn't into it as much as I was!
Lisa
May 07, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So filled with love are these pages, and so sincere the words. I read "Blueberry Girl" in Barnes and Noble and nearly cried there, sitting cross-legged on the floor among the bookshelves. It is a poetic ode to little girls everywhere and not in a "sugar and spice and everything nice" sort of way. Rather, Gaiman knows what really matters, and writing with a true tenderness rarely seen in his other work, he presents a baby girl with beautifully crafted wish for a childhood filled with joy and peac ...more
Anne
Jul 10, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-kiddy-books
Ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind,
This is a prayer for a blueberry girl.


This was a beautifully written poem, with wonderful illustrations to match. I especially love how the illustrations could capture how happy the blueberry girls looked, with not a care in the world.

The poem had a certainly nostalgic and hopeful feel to it. I don't know how to describe this... but the words felt true. So even though it's classified as a children's book, I think it's more apt f
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
As much as I love Neil Gaiman, I don't think this one came out all that well. The text seems to really be written from an adult perspective, as it has an element of time and refers to wishes for the child when she's thirty and forty. Wishes can be fine, but children dwell much more in the now rather than in a specific future. I also didn't like the pictures, despite a great dreamy, hopefully style to them. Sometimes the girl depicted was the same for a couple pages, and then she suddenly changes ...more
Airiz C
I picked up this book as a gift to one of my goddaughters, but one glimpse at a fragment of the content told me this is not exactly the kind of bedtime picture book I imagine my friend reading and showing her toddler when they’re on their way to Dreamland. So I put it back to the shelf—but not without reading it first.

If you’re thinking this book is in the same vein as Coraline or The Graveyard Book, you’re mistaken—it doesn’t have talking cats or ghost poster parents or frost giants. It is a si
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Liza
Jul 06, 2010 Liza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Neil Gaiman, and I really like Tori Amos, but this book that was a highly personal gift from Neil to Tori should have stayed personal and private. Or, if it was to be published for mass consumption, give it some context, like the story of Tori calling her baby-bump a "blueberry". This tale has great sentiments, and I absolutely adore Charles Vess's illustrations... but Gaiman's prose/poetry left me wanting, for once! Some people seem to think that this is a children's book, but it was fil ...more
Amy Carr
Apr 27, 2009 Amy Carr rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
A picture book written by the author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book. My husband brought it into our room last night and said, "Have you read this book yet?" When I told him I hadn't, he said that unless I was a divorced woman in her 40's with a daughter that I was trying to slip some serious "women's power" to, I probably wouldn't like it. With that kind of review, I got right to work...and I hated it. Weird illustrations, strange story. Just skip the whole mess!
Tracey
This book should definitely be read to and for every young girl. I'm an adult and it resonated with me. We are all the blueberry girl and we all are destined for more. This book says never settle, and I plan on taking its advice.
Nicole
Apr 21, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-all-ages
Read this before giving it to a friend with a little girl. The text is typical offbeat Gaiman, and it's nice. The illustrations are lovely.
Gloria
Feb 20, 2015 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Lovely book. Sweet illustrations with fabulous poetry meant to empower girls. Would make a fabulous gift for baby showers! Here's to Blueberry girls everywhere!
BookDrunkard
Jan 19, 2017 BookDrunkard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected, but I liked it. This would be a good baby shower gift.
Irene McHugh
I was tearing up as I read this illustrated beauty.

The prayers expressed in this book are all positive wishes for an unborn blueberry girl to guide and protect her no matter her age.

I did laugh at the line "Dull days at forty" because middle age is such a snooze fest! As someone who just turned the corner on "pushing 50" I'm loving my dull days of nesting, so I don't interpret his jab as negative. It's more of a warning of the stereotype she may encounter.

My favorite two page spread says, "Words
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Kevin
Jan 03, 2017 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one read of my goal to read all books written by Neil Gaiman in 2017. Cute story.
Jen
Jun 29, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each time I read this to my four-month-old daughter, I cry. She was something we always wanted, but were forced to accept would never have. After we moved on to other parenting plans, she arrived most unexpectedly and medically-unlikely. So this book, which presents a hope that the Blueberry Girl explores her world and survives the emotional trials that life brings, and achieves even more than she (or her parents) dreams, hits me hard. I would have wanted her to have everything, even without the ...more
Stefan
My daughter and I have been reading this book several times a week since I purchased it two years ago. We read every night and this is our "go to" book when we have only a few minutes to read.

Written by the amazing Neil Gaiman and gorgeously illustrated by Charles Vess this book represents all my hope and dreams for my daughter. This is unequivocally our favorite book and we refer to it with smiles throughout the day. She'll ask what we should do today and I'll reply, "tell stories and dance in
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Icats
Apr 15, 2009 Icats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of the Blueberry Girl when attending Neil Gaiman’s book tour of The Graveyard Book (Newbery Winner) in Boulder. At the end of the program he treated us to a reading of the Blueberry Girl. He said that when Tori Amos was expecting her little girl she called him up and asked if he would write a prayer for her future daughter. Tori would call her baby bump a blueberry and from that Neil wrote this poem. Later he paired with illustrator Charles Vess to create this picture book. It is a ...more
Kristine Hansen
Well the pictures were pretty.

Otherwise, what in the world was this supposed to be? It's not a book to read to my daughters really, but as other reviewers have said, it's more something to give to a woman expecting a baby girl. It's a Hallmark card masquerading as a book with really no substance outside of spun sugar.

It's a nice idea, but not a storybook for children. Maybe switch out the marketing?

Also as a Christian, not a real big fan of the maiden/mother/crone imagery used throughout the bo
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Sean
Apr 03, 2009 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never been a fan of Charles Vess's illustrations. He's a good choice for drawing fairies and sprites, but there always seems to be something feline and goblinlike about his characters, even the normal human ones. In fact, that's why I prefer the unillustrated version of [title:Stardust] to the graphic novel, and why I was less than enthused when I found out he was doing the paintings for this book.

But there's a first time for everything, I guess. I loved everything about this book, includin
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A B
Dec 22, 2012 A B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The prose and illustrations in this book seem like an attempt to cash in on a private letter between Neil Gaiman and a close friend. While some of Gaiman's prose and the illustrations from the talented Charles Vess come together for a couple of nice sentiments, it's not really a universally appealing concept. In fact, it's a bit creepy. I first heard Gaiman read this poem at a library event in 2008. He wrote it for his friend Tori Amos; she and her husband had asked him to write a poem for their ...more
Sam Grace
Mar 19, 2009 Sam Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lois Stovall
Recommended to Sam by: Neil Gaiman's blog
I finally got this one out of the library and read it with Guille and we decided for sure, this is one to buy.

I liked listening to Neil Gaiman read it aloud, but reading it myself was more fun. I definitely liked the illustrations better when they were still on the page in the book. I like all the little girls of color in the pictures. The illustrations aren't spectacular (and, indeed, the only reason this doesn't get 5/5 stars), but they aren't bad at all.

Mostly - and for this alone I am tempt
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Emily
Mar 30, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
As a mother of a girl and as a former girl:) I applaud Gaiman's wish for the daughters of our world. I am impressed by his insight into the world of women and girls - to wish for the blueberry girl the foresight to overcome the "dull days of forty" and "false friends at fifteen." To hope that she be free from "unkindness and fear." As I read this with my 7 year-old, I was struck by the beautiful illustrations but more so by the truth of the words. This book will stay with my Grace, and will be a ...more
Michael
Nov 30, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very poetic and lovely soft imagery, but in the end I barely remember this book and I read it a week ago, so nothing to write home about.

2015 Update: Somehow checked this out from the library again, and I am more impressed this time. Still not incredibly memorable, but he's actually trying to say some important things about growing up here, particularly for young girls/women, and the diversity of the characters deserves an extra star. Some of the ideas are definitely more grown-up-oriented, so m
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Jo
Jan 29, 2009 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is a children's book that's really meant for adults, if that makes sense. Neil wrote this "prayer for a blueberry girl" for a pregnant friend of his (singer Tori Amos) and it's a nice idea with lovely illustrations but I think parents will appreciate it far more than children will. I don't think most children will really get the sentiment behind the poem and the poem itself doesn't really have a kid friendly flow or rhyme to it. Overall, a nice gift for parents, but not something young chil ...more
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“Words can be worrisome, poeple complex, motives and manners unclear, grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.” 46 likes
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