The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

The Wonderful Things You Will Be is a beautifully illustrated picture book, exploring all the possibilities and dreams a parent wishes for their children. The story is told through the perspective of a parent or caregiver, in a rhyming writing style, demonstrating the bond and love they feel for their child. 
The writer states that each child is unique and wonders what wonderful things they will be. The writer discusses the traits and values they hope their child will possess, such as being brave, kind, clever and bold, hoping their child will stand up for what they believe in and take care of others. The book also explores the feeling of being sad or lonely and discusses the hope that the child will be brave and strong so the shadows will disappear. 
A great feature in this book is the flip out page near the end, here the illustrator has drawn a range of characters, where the readers can interact together by pointing out which character they want to be and perhaps discussing why. 

The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a warm and sweet message, asking the question what will you be when you grow up? The ending is beautiful stating that once the child is grown, the child shall look at the parent or caregiver and know that they love them, whoever they have grown up to be. This story offers a wonderful bonding experience for parents and caregivers and they will love reading it with their children.


The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
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