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Saturday, December 18, 2010

"If I Could Keep You Little" Book Review

If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond

About the Author:

Gifted author and illustrator Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions over the past decade through her publishing company, Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc. Her uplifting creations are sold nationwide -- from corner gift shops and bookstores to mass merchants and department stores.

Since her start in 1991 with just 20 greeting cards, she has become a recognized creator of numerous award-winning books, hundreds of cards and bright, colorful gift products. Two of her books -- I Wished for You, an adoption story and Fish Kisses and Gorilla Hugs -- are Book of the Year award winners from Creative Child Magazine. Several of her other titles are Mom's Choice Award winners.

What makes Marianne unique are her abilities as both writer and artist. When asked where her ideas come from, she says, "I try to be in tune with people's life circumstances. We all share universal emotions around certain life journeys ... and I think my gift is to capture those through my art and words."

Marianne lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, four kids, and their beloved Border Collie, Clay. Favorite things include coffee, exploring with my family, hiking, reading memoirs, sleeping, watching sappy movies, going on vacation, hanging out with girlfriends, eating ice cream after the kids are sleeping, doing art with kids ...

About the Book:

"If I Could Keep You Little" exemplifies Marianne's real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, "If I Could Keep You Little" showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.

If I could keep you little,
I'd decide on matching clothes.
But then I'd miss you choosing
dots on top and stripes below

If I could keep you little
I'd cut your bread in shapes.
But then I'd miss you finding
"Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!"

My take:

While I am just starting to say "If I could keep you little" to my little guy. I can see this touching me more and more as my munchkin gets older. My little guy really enjoyed the colorful pictures. I found the illustrations beautiful and very touching. I am looking forward to have this book for the future to read to my little guy as he gets older. Overall it's a wonderful book and I strongly recommend it for any mom or dad. Hint hint great last minute Christmas gift for parents.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange to provide an honest review.


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