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I'll be there
Chesnut, Sheryl Daane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A parent reassures a young child that there are many reminders of each other while they are apart, and that they will always be together again.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 58469.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Tell me again how you miss
me when we're apart...
I miss you more than you can
know, and I think of you every
minute of every hour.
So begins the melodic and reassuring text of Sheryl Daane Chesnut's lullaby picture book, I'll Be There. From counting ten bare baby toes in the morning to snuggling up for a bedtime read, this inviting and gentle story is perfect for parents and children to share again and again.
Celebrating all the little things that parents treasure about their children, combined with serene and playful watercolors, I'll Be There is a heart-warming look at the wonderful moments in a child's day and the parents who love each and every one of them.

Author Notes

Sheryl Daane Chesnut graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Fine Art. After many years of graphic design, she decided to take the plunge into children's book writing and illustration. The illustrations in I'll Be There are a unique combination of watercolor painting and Polaroid transfers. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California, with her husband, three young book critics, two cars, and a wayward, garden-eating rabbit. This is her first children's book.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the same vein as Eileen Spinelli's When Mama Comes Homes Tonight (see p. 106), Chesnut's first book sends a heartfelt message of love to children who spend their days separated from their parents. "Tell me again how much you miss me when we're apart," asks an apple-cheeked, blond toddler (denim overalls and short curly hair obscure the toddler's gender). "I miss you more than you can know," replies a father, "and I think of you every minute of every hour." The father recounts the rituals of the day, from morning ("I miss you... when you are counting your bare toes, one to ten") to bedtime ("When you are sleeping, I will watch over you"). Framed in white, Chesnut's illustrations (described on the dust jacket as a "combination of watercolor paintings and Polaroid transfers") are set against muted peach-and-olive plaid, creating a scrapbook-like aura of nostalgia. The subjects are traditional: the child poses with outsize teddy bears, sits in a sandbox with pail and shovel, thumbs through books in his or her pajamas. The final pages show mother, father and child together and promise a reunion. Sentimental and reassuring. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-In this ode to his child, a man who is away from home remembers all the things he misses about his son ("I miss you in the morning when you are counting your bare toes, one to ten") and gives reassurances that he will be back ("And when I am, we will laugh and play and share the day"). Meantime, he says, all the boy has to do is think about him and he'll be there. This is a confusing concept for very young children. The art is an unusual blend of watercolor painting and Polaroid transfers, creating a soft, fuzzy, dreamlike mood. But the youngster appears to be several years older at the end than he was at the beginning. These inconsistencies make the book inappropriate for a young audience.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.