You're Here for a Reason
You're Here for a Reason
Publisher's Hardcover15.59
Board Book6.79
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Annotation: Celebrates the fact that everyone is important and makes a difference in the world in their own way.
Catalog Number: #6123553
Format: Board Book
Special Formats: Board Book Board Book
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-10650-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-10650-6
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 17 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Tillman's latest examines the struggle humans have with the idea of "purpose." She speaks as though addressing a child, repeating the refrain "you're here for a reason" and explaining that good things happen to others because of the child. Her answer to this life question may be unsatisfactory or too simplistic for some. Nevertheless, she fashions it into an encouraging sentiment that gives peace of mind. To evoke this sense, Tillman illustrates children mingling with animals in a vibrantly colored, dreamlike realm. As usual, her characteristic, almost photographic, digital and mixed-media paintings complement the soothing cadence of the text and beautiful rhyme. Goodwill spreads from page to page in the shape of a kite and a ball, showing how actions affect the world. Tillman frames her lovely poem with the idea of a puzzle, starting the verse that reads, "If not for your hands and your eyes and your feet,/the world, like a puzzle, would be incomplete" and ending with an image of a globe made up of puzzle pieces, depicting the paintings in the book.. It may not be obvious, but every person is a piece required to form the whole. VERDICT Fans of Tillman's previous titles will want to get this one as well; another ideal bedtime story for children and guardians to share. Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-K

You're here for a reason. If you think you're not I would just say that perhaps you forgot . . . a piece of the world that is precious and dear would surely be missing if you weren't here.If not for your smile and your laugh and your heartthis place we call home would be minus a part.Thank goodness you're here! Thank goodness times two!I just can't imagine a world without you.Not only are we loved, but we also matter. Once again, Nancy Tillman takes a universal truth and makes it accessible for readers young and old, as children and animals interact with acts of kindness.

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