The Wonderful Things You Will Be is a stunningly gorgeous picture book, both in its sentiment and in its illustrations. Full of expectant promise and embodying the beauty of the unique potential that is in all of us, the author poignantly voices in lilting rhyme what is in every parent’s heart as they look at their child, whether it’s looking into that sweet tiny newborn face or the eyes of your child grown up too fast and about to graduate.
Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin, The Wonderful Things You Will Be is one of those books that is a delight for both parents and children to read, and one of those beloved books you don’t mind reading over and over and over again. The story is full of hope, acceptance, and limitless possibility, but is written in such a way that its message deeply resonates in the hearts of young and old alike.
“This is the first time
There’s ever been you,
So I wonder what wonderful things
You will do.”
With gentle humor and questions throughout the book, the author cleverly creates opportunities for lots of discussion about each person’s special gifts and the unique contribution he or she is meant to make to this world. But the author also states the loveliest of assumptions and timeless truths such as:
“I know you’ll be kind…
And the bigger your heart,
The more it will hold.”
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, lending to the heart-tugging effect of the book, and with a very creative and surprise gatefold at the end, this is a delightful book to read, share, and gift. We’re sure it will become one of your favorites, just as it has quickly become one of ours!
Review contributed by Theresa Case who has had the joy of helping children and families begin to discover all of the wonderful things they can be through her award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, South Carolina, for over 20 years now.