This stunning and empowering picture book from a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator celebrates a Black mother’s hopes and dreams for her daughter.
As I cradle you, look in your eyes,
your gaze says softly,
I want to know everything.
I promise to show you all that I can.
This love letter from mother to daughter inspires young girls to follow their dreams, no matter what challenges life may bring. Young readers will be reminded that love and support from home will follow them as they venture out into the world.
"As I cradle you, look in your eyes,/ the ancestors peer back at me./ Your gaze says softly,/ I want to know everything." A Black mother follows her maturing daughter from infanthood in Weather-ford's (Unspeakable) heartfelt lines. The parent underlines hope for inner resolve (Though I long to pave your way,/ I marvel as you follow/ your own compass"), curiosity and education ("Books will carry you far"), self-knowledge ("Trust your mind/ and your gut"), and more in a journey that Pinkney (Time for Kenny) animates with sweeping swirls of color behind the figures of mother and daughter lemon-yellow halos, the green wave of a hill, and stars radiating whorls of energy. The speaker promises to advocate for her daughter ("You are my champion and I am yours") while foreseeing the day the child strikes out on her own. Most important, she says, "speak truth even if no one seems to be listening." The pages give readers a compass for their own growth by modeling a loving parent's dreams for her child. Ages 4 8.