Emily Winfield Martin The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Last updated: June 18, 2019


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In our analysis of 99 expert reviews, the Emily Winfield Martin The Wonderful Things You Will Be placed 9th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

PreS—Childhood is a time full of potential, and Martin celebrates this promise in this work. The general premise of Dr. Seuss’s classic, Oh, The Places You’ll Go is pared down to elegant simplicity. “Will you stand up for good/By saving the day?/Or play a song only you/Know how to play?” While the rhyming text falters a bit in spots, the word choice overall is spare, inspiring, and accessible to preschoolers. Children are encouraged to be kind, clever, and bold, to take care of the small, and to help things grow. Martin’s oil paintings have the same retro, mid-century feel as her other illustrations, with large-eyed children of many ethnicities playing, gardening, and sharing together. VERDICT A go-to gift for new parents, and a potential bedtime favorite for many children.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Throughout the book, she maintains a keen balance of layout choices, and surprising details—zebras on the wallpaper behind a father cradling his child, a rock-’n’-roll band of mice paralleling the children’s own band called “The Missing Teeth”—add visual interest and gentle humor. An ideal title for the baby-shower gift bag and for any nursery bookshelf or lap-sit storytime.Wonderful, indeed.
This is a gorgeous book with warm and playful illustrations featuring a diverse set of children. Little ones will be drawn to the pictures, quickly pointing out which one matches what they themselves want to be.
Young children will delight in the beautiful pictures and the whimsical verse. Parents will love the touching tribute to childhood as well as the encouraging message for their growing child. Each vignette blends fantasy and reality, capturing the true magic of childhood.
The illustrations are lush paintings that change from one page to the next, showing different families and different children on each page. This furthers the idea that every child has this potential inside of them too. The families are ethnically diverse and most of the pages only have one parent shown, if any at all. The focus is on the child.
The illustrations in Emily Winfield Martin’s The Wonderful Things You Will Be were created with oil paints. They have a retro style to them. The illustrations portray children using their hands to do good and their imaginations to run wild. There are two fold out pages at the end of the book that children will love!
The book has its own individuality, thanks to the talents of the author. Emily is not just an ordinary writer, but she’s a poet and an artist who creates adorable illustrations for her poems. All the characters and drawings are made in the same style and manner, and they do not repeat but yet all are colorful and beautiful.
Martin's illustrations have a vintage and whimsical look. The story is perfect for a family expecting a new little person entering this world. At least, that's why I bought the book!
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