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Children's Book Review: Someday
 
Children's Book Review: Someday

I am blessed with six nieces who are, in turn, blessed by having everything they need. I give them books for Christmas gifts. Every child needs a new book.


This year, the 7-year-olds will be receiving Someday written by Eileen Spinelli, author of When Mama Comes Home Tonight and Something to Tell the Grandcows. It is illustrated by Rosie Winstead who is also an author with a new book, Sprout Helps Out, due in Spring 2014.


The girl in Someday looks like a 7-year-old and that’s what made it stand out among the picture books, to me. She’s a big kid and even though the story will really appeal to those strong young women on your list, it’s a great story for even younger children, too.


In Someday, the girl is dreaming about the great things she will accomplish someday when she is older. Someday she will have lunch with the President at the White House. She will give him a box of golf balls and she will not drop any of her salad on the rug. 


The story alternates from this someday of the future to today when she is preparing for those adventures. Today she is eating lunch with her little brother Roger who talks with his mouth full and spills his milk. Someday she will spend the night in Egypt and sleep next to a pyramid. Tonight she is sleeping next to Roger because he is afraid of monsters. 


The future is described in grown-up detail while the present is written more simply. She is not really wishing for the future but she is aware that she will be more confident and have it together - someday. I imagine that the girl's current and future selves are able to communicate and they take turns writing this story. 


Rosie Winstead's inviting illustrations show an imperfect and changing girl who is beautiful, uncertain, sometimes bossy and sometimes very kind. She’s a real girl and this book takes her and its young readers seriously. There are also a few secrets in the illustrations that children will enjoy discovering for themselves. I highly recommend this book for any young ladies on your holiday or birthday gift list.


Someday was published by Dial in 2007. It is 32 pages and available in hardcover and paperback editions.


Happy reading!


Heather




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