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Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 10.75 (inches)|
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The Plans I Have for You combines playful rhyming text written by bestselling childrens book author Amy Parker with whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton to create a book that inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this book encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and will help them imagine how God may use our unique traits to make the world a better place.
Amy Parkers childrens books have sold more than 1 million copies, including two Christian Retailings Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for childrens books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Growing up in a musical family who loved to sing, Vanessas illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
For Christian children wondering what God has in store for them, Parker (My Christmas List) offers a playfully reassuring rhyme, written from the perspective of an enthusiastic deity. The focus is on future careers ('I need you in a hospital/ and you at the zoo./ You'll be an entomologist/ in a forest in Peru'), though a spread in which four children peruse a Bible is decorated with words like 'patience' and 'kindness,' emphasizing altruistic values. Brantley-Newton (My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay) draws from an array of visual influences in her always energetic illustrations. In one early scene, a hand points out at readers from a cloud, like an Uncle Sam recruitment poster; elsewhere, children sit on an assembly line (which stretches over several pages) as robot arms outfit them with stethoscopes, musical instruments, and other gear. Parker's meter can be slightly shaky, and there's an overreliance on certain rhymes (you/do gets a workout, in particular), but the encouraging tone, range of careers represented, and ethnically diverse cast create the sense that the sky's the limit.
You are my hands and my feet there on Earth, narrator God says to an array of kids. Ive given you a purpose---its been there since birth! Splashy, energetic illustrations introduce us to the YOU Factory, a colorful, Willy Wonkastyle building where God makes kids, imbuing them with all the skills they will need to be successful in life. Each has a specific purpose---a nurse, a zookeeper, an entomologist---and are encouraged to find the one thing that inspires them. The factory metaphor may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but the find-your-passions message is an appealing one. The joyful, rhyming text and bright, whimsical illustrations make this well suited for read-alouds, and the religious elements are gently woven into the story---though God and the Bible both appear, neither is referred to by name---making this somewhat more accessible to a wider denomination. Parents raising their children to have faith in both themselves and in a higher power will appreciate this offering. --- Maggie Reagan
The Plans I Have for You is a rhyming picture book by Amy Parker that introduces the Scripture of Jeremiah 29:11. A diverse cast of children learn that God has given everyone unique talents and a purpose for each of them. God Himself is the voice of the story, opening with, Hey, YOU! Ive got big plans for you! With Amy Parkers lighthearted verse, He motivates children to open their hearts, read the Bible, explore their passions, and discover His path for their lives. You are my hands and my feet there on Earth, He tells the children, with the comforting message that He has equipped us with all that we need to find our way in the world. Lively illustrations and creative graphics by Vanessa Brantley-Newton show multi-ethnic children engaged in all sorts of professions, suggesting a promise of fulfilling futures that await. The bright scenes are tender and engaging, with a touch of humor (a busy nurse has seven arms) and the constant reminder of a guiding presence.With its sing-song cadence, timeless message, and whimsical artwork, The Plans I Have for You is an entertaining read as well as a teaching tool. Just as the young characters on the cover float contentedly on colorful parachutes, this delightful story will make the heart soar. Nina Ditmar, CLJ
Amanda4 Stars Out Of 5The Plans I Have For YouOctober 22, 2015AmandaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4
The Plans I Have For You by Amy Parker is a colorful fun book. It is for ages 4 - 8. It is to inspire readers of all ages to dream about their future and to trust that God has great plans for each and every one of us. This book does a good job teaching children that God has made us all for a purpose. He has a plan for each child. It explains how the Bible will help them along their way. It expresses that each person is very important. God made them special and their is nothing that they can not do because God is with them.
The book is easy to understand and it has colorful illustrations. Younger ages would like this book being read to them, however they would not understand the meaning behind the book. My 9 year old saw this book and couldn't wait to get her hands on it.
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Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMSeptember 11, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always find it nice to read a children's book that speaks to my own heart while entertaining my kids. The Plans I Have For You does exactly that. Amy Parker reminds us all that no matter what our occupation is be it stay-at-home mom or physician God has a plan for us that is perfect and complete.
We like to say that we are all missionaries but when it comes down to it, it doesn't always feel that way. In an engaging rhyming verse we are prompted to look at occupations as part of our God appointed destinies. What a wonderful thing to instill in our kiddos that the desire to work in a certain field no matter what it is pleases God when we do it for His glory.
As an artsy person I loved Vanessa Brantley-Newton's mixed media type of illustrations. All the colors and patterns and whimsical faces combine to make the book a feast for the eyes while it is ministering to your heart.
This would be a delightful read aloud for your entire family. Every home library would benefit from the contents of this adorable children's book.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
jj2010CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InspiringSeptember 2, 2015jj2010CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Plans I Have for You, is a really cute hardcover childrens book. It has very colorful and fun images on every page. It is snappy and inspiring. It reminds kids that we were each made for a specific purpose of Gods, and suggests a variety of reasons. It mentions a few various careers, but mostly encourages kids to search for their specific reason for being here and pursue it. It also reminds kids that God has left us instructions for life, in HIs book. It is fairly individually focussed, I found myself discussing with my children afterwards, that we each have a role and how they all come together beautifully. The book does talk a lot about BIG plans, and part of me doesnt agree that this is a realistic way of framing it to kids, some of lifes beauty and needs are in the mundane. But I do understand that the author is trying to encourage and inspire, and I appreciate her message overall. I will recommend this book to others, especially for younger to middle age children.
This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Janet53Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A beautiful book for kids!August 21, 2015Janet53Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I am a Christian grandmother, and I really like this book for kids! It is beautifully illustrated with bright colors, and has a great message for kids. It is based on Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you..." It shows many different careers as possibilities, even zoo keeper. I think kids 2 -7 would enjoy this book. I can't decide if I will keep it here to read when grandkids visit, or give it to one of our grandkids as a gift. I highly recommend this book! (I did receive a free copy from the publisher through booklook bloggers, so I could review it, but the opinions are my own.)
BlueroseAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5God has a plan for EACH of us!August 20, 2015BlueroseAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have a couple of Amy Parker's other books on our nighttime bookshelf(Night Night Blessings and A Night Night Prayer), and they're some of my most favorite books to read to the boys before bed. They're short and sweet and comforting. I have to admit I don't like this one quite as much, but it's still a nice read. I like the illustrations most of all. They're fun!
This is a good book to introduce some of the professions out there that they might not have heard about yet. Mostly, though, it's a reminder that God has a plan for your child(for EACH of us), and it's an important one(even if someone else doesn't think so).
The story is written as if God is talking directly to your child, which I didn't know before getting it. I didn't really care for it at all in that format, so I changed the words a bit. Instead of saying "I" as if God is talking, I just changed it to "He" and we discussed how God DOES have a plan for each of us.
Overall, it's a fun read.
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