Go Be Wonderful! (Hardcover)
A book about the unconditional love we have for our little ones--at every age and stage.
When Daisy is born, Daddy says she's wonderful for crying, sleeping, and playing peek-a-boo. When she's one, Mommy says she's wonderful for banging on pots and pans in a "rock 'n' roll band."
Grandma and Grandpa say she's wonderful for saying, "Nooooooooo," when she's two. Her uncles for taking a mud bath when she's three, and her neighbor for riding her scooter all the way to the library when she's four.
Then comes the biggest milestone of all. School! It takes a village to get her there--as parents, grandparents, uncles, and neighbors escort Daisy to the door. But will Daisy be wonderful at school? Yes! She shares, makes a friend, and reaches the toilet just in time!
"I was wonderful!" Daisy shouts.
Bright colors and joyful compositions filled with humorous details depict Daisy's community of adoring family and friends.
Perfect for children entering preschool or kindergarten, for preschool graduation, or as a WONDERFUL baby shower gift. The jacket has a growth chart attached so you can measure your own child's wonderfulness.
Preschool curriculum subjects include self-esteem, growing, family, community, starting school, all about me, and blended families.
About the Author
Donna Gephart is the award-winning author of humorous and heartbreaking middle grade and young adult novels including Lily and Dunkin and How to Survive Middle School. Awards include the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, children's choice awards, and many state awards. She is a popular speaker at schools, conferences, and book festivals. Go Be Wonderful is her first picture book and her first book for Holiday House. She lives in Philadelphia with her family and her dog Benji. Her website is www.donnagephart.com
Francesca Chessa is an award-winning illustrator of more than forty children's books, including Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes by Vicky Shiefman, published by Holiday House, which received a starred review from Youth Services Book Review and was described as "fun and high-spirted--pure joy" in Kirkus Reviews. Her artwork also appears on UNICEF cards and products. Francesca teaches courses and workshops in drawing and color theory. She lives in Turin, Italy. You can find out more about her at www.francescachess.format.com
★ "Chessa’s moving multimedia scenes celebrate common maturation milestones in sunny, vibrant colors, showing Daisy thriving . . . A warmly resonant recount of Daisy’s early years sets the stage for this universal confidence booster with a gentle, joyful tone. "—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Gephart has created a story that encourages the tiniest children, while also serving as a good guide for older siblings who don’t know what to expect from their newest family member. . . . this offers a great demonstration of positivity in the face of new challenges, wherever children find them."—School Library Journal
"An engaging capture of a time that many children find unsettling." —Booklist