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I Will Make Miracles by Susie Morgenstern
Cover Artist: Jiang Hong Chen (also Illustrations)
Review by Gayle Surrette
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781599901893
Date: 04 March 2008 List Price $18.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Children are always asked, "What will you do when you grow up?" It's really a silly question to ask, for most children are spending time just learning to be what they are ... children. They're learning the world and the things that are in it. They listen and observe. And, while they may seem young, they often see with a clearer eye than some adults. Susie Morgenstern's child answers the question of "what will you be when you grow up?" in a manner that is very different.

Illustrated by Jiang Hong Chen, the words and illustrations work together to take the reader on a magical tour of possibilities. Not the usual possibilities of fireman, policeman, doctor, or whatever. No, it's the possibilities of peace in our lifetime, no hunger, or thirst, or global warming. All the possibilities of a world free of the dismal reality of prime time news shows. Remember, children watch and observe. They may not know how to express what they think about what they see, but they have thought about it.

So, how does our young child expect to succeed? Here's the last lines:

To change the world from dark to bright,
First I should learn to read and write.
A wonderful book for read-together-time. Simple colors and lyrical text, and a world of possibilities if you learn to read and write. I think it's got the priorities right.

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