Item description for Along Came You by Karona Drummond & Estelle Corke...
Overview Through simple, rhythmic text, a parent tells a child about how life has been changed, and enhanced, since the child was born.
Publishers Description What happens when the pleasures of a tidy, carefully decorated home are traded for the excitement of high chairs and noisy toys? When quiet evenings and carefully planned schedules are traded for busy days and crazy nights? What happens when the desire to experience joy is replaced with the desire that another would experience joy? Karona Drummond weaves images of life before kids with life after kids. Children will delight in this love song written to them about the joyful change they bring about and how the loving sacrifices of their parents transform a simple life into an abundant life. This book is a truly a touching glimpse and a warm reminder of the parent heart of God.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.14" Width: 9.1" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2009
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310715083 ISBN13 9780310715085 UPC 025986715083
Availability 0 units.
More About Karona Drummond & Estelle Corke
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Along Came You?
All Time Favorite Mar 19, 2010
"Along Came You, did not disappoint". This truly may have become my favorite children's book of all time.. Except, I'm pretty sure that it's benefits are more for me than my children. It is definitely my favorite parenting book of all time. I don't know about you, but in a world where success is often measured by dollars, I sometimes need reminded of the value of the job I'm doing. While I do think that this book serves the purpose of helping children see the sacrifices a parent makes, more importantly, it was reminder to me of the priceless benefits that come from doing such a sacred job that pays in love. The book's only downfall is that I can't seem to read it with out becoming a big emotional mess.
It's beautifully illustrated pages along with the author's fresh perspective of being a mother left me with a reminder of the amazing joy that being a parent provides and a heart much bigger than, before children, I ever felt capable of having. In "Along Came You", The writing clearly illustrates that often, simple phrases carry such great meaning: "Before you, my home was decorated in style. After you, my home is decorated in love. Before you, the biggest thrill at the amusement park was riding the roller coaster. After you, the biggest thrill is seeing your face when you are finally tall enough to ride. Before you, I slept all night long. After you, I wake to watch you sleeping.
Have tissue ready...Beautiful Jul 23, 2009
I was overjoyed with the opportunity to review this book. While scanning the numerous titles available for children...my eye was caught by this beautiful illustration of a mom and a little girl (illustrated by Estelle Cooke).
This book made me cry, smile and remember what a beautiful honor and blessing it is to be a mom. I read this over breakfast to my twin daughters and decided to personalize it as I read it to them. Every time I read the phrase "Along Came You"...I would personalize it with "Along came Rylan and Skylar".
My girls were captivated and quickly asked questions on what life was like before they were born. The book offered me a wonderful opportunity to share that while life was beautiful before it was amazingly beautiful now....because God gave them to me.
I would recommend this book to any mother, old or new...but make sure you bring them some tissue...it will touch their heart and yours. Beautiful.Along Came You
Great Book! A Must! Jun 13, 2009
This book is wonderful! I love how Karona captures the love a mother has for her child. Through picturesque language, Karona shows how the mother's life has been enriched since her daughter came into her life. This is a great book for baby showers, graduations, a gift from a mom to her daughter on the birth of her first child, etc. This is a must read!
Fun! Jun 7, 2009
Along Came You, the delightful debut children's book written by Karona Drummond and dramatically illustrated by Estelle Corke, tells of the transformation moms make from before kids to after kids. Along Came You was released by Zonderkids in April 2009.
Along Came You is a hardback picture book that contrasts the full and exciting life before kids with the full and exciting life after kids. Both lives are good, but different.
I absolutely love this book! I think my favorite line is Before you, my world was quiet. After you, There is joyful noise.
The picture looks like my daughter. She usually has some sort of costume or jewelry on, and she loves to sing.
Karona captures some wonderful examples of the life changes that come with motherhood. I like that she doesn't make either picture out to be negative. Life before kids was great. Life after kids is great. The after is more colorful. She even says "I am still me".
One final word....when I write my children's book/s, I want Estelle Corke to illustrate them. She did such an awesome job of capturing the fun details (such as the swinging necklaces in the dance scene!)
Charming picture book captures the joy of being a parent May 24, 2009
Along Came You by Karona Drummond and Estelle Corke is a touching look at how a mother's life changes after she has a child. First, Mia's thoughts: The book was about Mommy and me and how much we love each other. I really liked at the end where the mom said that life was amazing after you [the little girl]. That was the sweetest thing! There was a funny picture in there where the mom had food in her mouth so she looked like a walrus *giggles*. This book made me feel a thousand times a million happy because it reminded me of our family and my family makes me happy! It made me laugh, and I love to laugh! Now my (Mom's) thoughts. This book about a mother's love thoroughly captured the fun and joy of being a mother in the subtle and not so subtle ways our lives change. Meals, travel, and even sleep will never be the same after a child is born. Corke's illustrations have just the right amount of whimsy and emotion. The language is simple, and the repetitive structure allowed Mia to try to guess what was coming next. It's a sweet book, perfect for expecting or new moms, or even for old timers like me!