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Little Boy [Hardcover]

Alison McGhee , Peter H. Reynolds

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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching treasure 26 April 2008
By Julie Neal - Published on
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A gentle reminder to let children have unstructured time to play, this storybook is about a dad reflecting on his son the way the authors' Someday is about a mom and her daughter. Both can bring tears to your eyes.

Using short rhymes and expressive illustrations, the story follows one small boy through his day. He wakes up to the sounds of a big yellow dog and Dad singing in the shower. He spends his day climbing trees, splashing in puddles, dumping sand, rolling trucks, being measured to see how tall he is, baking cookies with Dad, kicking balls, pretending to be a pirate, saying goodbye to visiting grandparents and reading to his dog.

Like all little kids, the boy plays with his same, favorite toys throughout the day. A yellow robot splashes in a puddle, gets buried in a sandbox and measured for its height, and walks into a cardboard box town. The boy plays with the cardboard box all day too, finally falling asleep in it at night, curled up with his dog.

The point of the book is surprisingly deep: that who the boy will become as a man depends on all the seemingly insignificant, everyday activities he does as a child. "Little boy, you remind me how, so much depends on days made of now."
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit awkward.. 9 May 2008
By S. Bolanos - Published on
I have to admit when I first read this book, I found it hard to follow and awkward. I do appreciate repetition in literary styles but I did not like the flow of this book. I loved their first book "Someday" I thought it was beautifully written and the plain prose was still poignant. However I felt like this book was written to ride on the coat tails of their last success. I tried reading it to my daughter and the choppy wording turned her off right away. I have found that when purchasing books to read aloud to toddlers the language and flow of the prose is very important. Although the concept is sweet I wouldn't recommend it for reading aloud, which is important to me when choosing children's books. I highly recommend the poem its based on as an alternative.

The poem by William Carlos Williams
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for boys 2 May 2013
By MVZ - Published on
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My son loves this book. It has become a standard baby shower gift for mom's expecting boys for me. LOVE . THIS. BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story 24 Nov 2012
By Susan L. Jones - Published on
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This would be a great gift for new parents of a baby boy. What's important to a little boy? Expensive clothes? Electronics? No. A puddle, a stick, a cardboard box. Little boys need things that let their imagination fly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book 19 Nov 2010
By stonewhite - Published on
This book I will admit through me off guard when I first read it, I thought of it as sweet but that's it. Our son who is now 3 picks this book to read almost every night. We always ask what book he always replies little boy. He points at all the pictures. This book gets sweeter and sweeter the more you read it and related it to your growing boy. A GREAT add to anyone's home library.
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