TODAY I WILL by Eileen Spinelli

TODAY I WILL

A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself
Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

The celebrated husband and wife team up to present a inspirational calendar book. Each page, for every day of the year (including Leap Day), includes a quote from a children’s book, a short interpretation and finally an affirmation. A typical example, from November 26: A quote from Strider, by Beverly Cleary, “I admire Mom, even when she’s mad at me, and I know she loves me,” is followed by a brief commentary on weathering family disagreements, including, “Love is the key. Where love abides, anger is a passing visitor.” The affirmation: “My parents love me. When I fight with them, that’s easy to forget. Repeat: My parents love me.” This format is effective in several different ways. The quotes from children’s literature will ring familiar chords and may inspire some readers to seek original sources. The dates of the entries are unaccompanied by days of the week, so the calendar never becomes outdated. The advice is pithy and upbeat and addresses many issues that young teens encounter. Less useful for library collections, this would make an excellent gift. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-84057-9
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




MORE BY EILEEN SPINELLI

ChildrenANOTHER DAY AS EMILY by Eileen Spinelli
by Eileen Spinelli
ChildrenWHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Eileen Spinelli
by Eileen Spinelli
ChildrenCOLD SNAP by Eileen Spinelli
by Eileen Spinelli

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLOVE WINS by Rob Bell
by Rob Bell
ChildrenTHE WHOLE GUY THING by Nancy Rue
by Nancy Rue
IndieThe Little Book of Planning Wisdom by Charles D. Harpool
by Charles D. Harpool