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Along Came You

Format: Board Book

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Along Came You, a delightful board book for kids and parents to read together, paints a picture for children about how life changes in wonderful ways when they are born.
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"Before you, my home was decorated in style. After you, my home is decorated in love." So begins the tender recital of love from parent to child that tells the story of the changes that take place after a little one joins the family. Along Came You combines simple yet insightful text by Karona Drummond with vibrant illustrations by Estelle Corke in this board book that answers the questions: What happens when the pleasures of a tidy, carefully decorated home are traded for the excitement of dressing up and messy art projects? When quiet evenings and precisely planned schedules are exchanged for busy days and crazy nights? What happens when the desire to experience joy yourself is replaced with the desire that another might experience joy?

Contributor(s) Karona Drummond
About the Contributor(s) Karona Drummond
Karona Drummond is a certified elementary school teacher. She has taught preschoolers for over 15 years. She spent several years at Texas Woman's University Child Development Center and several years at the University of North Texas Child Development Laboratory. Her publications include "The Running Years," which was chosen for the "Hats Off To Dads" section of the Tejas Storytelling Festival. Her writing includes stories for preschoolers and elementary-aged children and inspirational poetry for adults.
UPC 025986728595
ISBN-10 0310728592
ISBN-13 9780310728597
Publish Date Apr 22, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.5750
Height 5.88
Width 7.00
Length 24
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $7.99
Format Board Book
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by April
Overall Rating
This is a board book so it is perfect for little fingers to page through. The pictures are adorable and I think many mom's will read this story and agree with what the author says. Life is completely different after having kids but it is in fact life much better with kids! I couldn't imagine life without my two children... it would be dull without them! They bring the sunshine to me each and every day.

"Along Came You" is a very simple story as a mom tells her child what life was like before having her and after having her. The author will get any mother to recall similar stories and have you comparing your own personal before and after. What a wonderful gift it is to be a mother.

My two kids enjoyed the story and they are aged 3 and 6. Since it is a board book I was recommend the ages for 2-4.
(Posted on 5/8/2014)
Review by Laura
Overall Rating
ALONG CAME YOU is a sweet – pink – board book for girls that show them how special they are in their mom’s life. All the fun things they enjoy such as drawing pictures for the refrigerator, playing dress up, and going for picnics in the parks are illustrated in this book.

If you have a preschool, toddler, or baby girl and want her to know how special she is, pick up a copy of ALONG CAME YOU and read it to her. Also perfect for a baby gift or shower gift. Recommended (by the publisher) for ages 4 - 8. I think it is more baby/preschool age (Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by Sally
Overall Rating
“Along Came You” is a delightful board book that describes the changes in lifestyle before and after the baby arrives. It is simply written and beautifully illustrated. Any child whose parent’s read this book to them will certainly feel loved and know their parent’s lives were far more enriched once they were part of the family. I am sure your child will enjoy looking at the pictures as the illustrations perfectly describe each of the changes that take place. The pages are thick and coated making it easy for little hands to hold and easy to wipe spills and residue.

Personally I loved this book. I felt exactly this way when my son came into our lives. This would be a perfect book to include in a baby shower gift, especially for the first time parent.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKids, for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 5/3/2014)
Review by Zac
Overall Rating
Along Came You by Karona Drummond and Illustrated by Estelle Corke is a board book for children. This story is about a mother comparing what life was like before her daughter was born and what it is like now. The mom is telling her daughter some different moments from liking to watch the rain before her daughter was born to liking to dance in the rain now.

I enjoyed this story as it presented a tender remembrance of life before and after the birth of the daughter. I liked the contrasts as it made me see the joy in both situations. I think many times parents complain about missing out on things because of their kids, but I think this was a great reminder to cherish all of the moments. I liked reading about the reflections in this story. It made me stop to think about how life changes and I think this will do the same for many mothers.

As I read the story, I was engaged by the cute and colorful illustrations. There are many times when I do not care for the illustrations in a book, but I really enjoyed these.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the illustrations on the pages to be engaging and the story to be meaningful and thoughtful.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. (Posted on 5/2/2014)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
I SOOOO needed to read this book right now! Along Came You was such a great reminder of all the positive life changes that come with having children.

With a newborn that doesn't like to sleep and my other two kids no longer napping, I have been feeling a little down on parenthood lately! We all have rough times and I usually experience mine when I'm especially exhausted. The mind starts to wander and remember the good old days of clean clothes, sleeping in and leisure time!

Of course I wouldn't trade my kids for the world but the body does miss sleep! Along Came You points out all of the things we used to do before kids but then puts a positive spin on them. For example:

Before you, my world was quiet. After you, there is joyful noise.

Before you, eating out included candlelight and soft music. After you, eaten gout includes art and entertainment.

I loved how this took all the negative things we complain about and showed them for the positives they truly are. There was even one just for my current complaint!

Before you, I slept soundly all night long. After you, I wake up to watch you sleeping.

Well that last one isn't entirely accurate but close enough! The illustrations adorably depict the relationship between mother and child and all the beauty they ad to our lives.

Along Came You is a beautiful story of motherhood that would be sweet to give the moms in your life this Mothers Day!

(Posted on 4/29/2014)

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