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Number of Pages: 24
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
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"Before you, my home was decorated in style. After you, my home is decorated in love." So begins the tender recital of love from parent to child that tells the story of the changes that take place after a little one joins the family. Along Came You combines simple yet insightful text by Karona Drummond with vibrant illustrations by Estelle Corke in this board book that answers the questions: What happens when the pleasures of a tidy, carefully decorated home are traded for the excitement of dressing up and messy art projects? When quiet evenings and precisely planned schedules are exchanged for busy days and crazy nights? What happens when the desire to experience joy yourself is replaced with the desire that another might experience joy?
Gwen T5 Stars Out Of 5Great Gift for New ParentsApril 21, 2014Gwen TQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do you remember how you used to know everything about parenting? And then you actually became a parent and most of your knowledge was turned upside down?
Along Came You, written by Karona Drummond, is a delightful board book that focuses on the remarkable changes that every parent experiences when a child joins the family.
The story is written from the perspective of a mother, at one time apparently a busy career professional, who talks with her young daughter about how everything changed. The beautiful thing about the book is how the mother emphasizes that it's better since the daughter joined her life.
Some of my favorite text from the book:
Before you, I read books with a thousand pages.
After you, I read your favorite book a thousand times.
The mother also reflects on how she used to sleep soundly through the night, how she used to travel light, and how her world was quiet - but each thing changed for the better when she became a mom.
Estelle Corke found the perfect balance of soft, simple illustrations and just enough detail to complement the text. The faces have very little detail but just enough to show the emotions the author is trying to convey. I do appreciate how Corke always drew a wedding band on the mother's ring finger. It's a small detail, but I always appreciate the support of Biblical marriage.
My only criticism of the book is the fact that God is not mentioned. I don't believe that every children's book needs to be overly spiritualized. However, the theme of this book would have easily blended with an acknowledgement of God who gives life and the beautiful blessing of parenthood. Coming from a Christian publisher like Zonderkidz, I was a little surprised to see this omission. Even just a simple verse on the back cover would have been a nice complement.
Along Came You is a board book that you will enjoy reading with your toddler, but it would also be a perfect baby gift for that new parent who is just discovering all the amazing changes of being a parent.
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Nellie DeeStone Lake, WIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Quality Toddler's BookApril 18, 2014Nellie DeeStone Lake, WIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This children's book is geared for toddlers and the message is clear. Before children, our lives are consumed by our own space and routine normalcy. After the birth of a child, we are blessed with love, life and discovery in the unexpected. This book relays the message of how much more they mean to us than a clean house.
What a precious cover and illustration which captures a child's desire for their mother's full attention. It definitely drew me in. I even loved the choice of cursive font. All the illustrations were delightful as well as the message that children make our lives amazing. It's also a gentle reminder for mothers to take joy in the everyday discoveries. I thought of additional lines I would have liked to have added: After you, I liked to dress you up. Or, After you, I liked to dress up with you. Depending upon the age of the child, this book might lend to some additional discussions which would allow for the parent to add their own version or lines.
This book would be perfect as a shower or birth gift, although it is geared for a little girl. Perhaps another book for a little boy would be in order.