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IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE exemplifies Marianne's real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.
If I could keep you little,
I'd decide on matching clothes.
But then I'd miss you choosing
dots on top and stripes below
If I could keep you little
I'd cut your bread in shapes.
But then I'd miss you finding
"Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!"
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"I'm not sure who liked this book better, me or the kids. The kids love the glimpse into their future and I love remembering all the little things they did as babies." "It spoke to my heart... it puts thoughts that I've had a thousand times into words. A must read for all parents." "While I desperately want to keep my children little, I also know that I don't want to miss out on the next step. If I Could Keep You Little... sums up just about every parent's heart cry." "If I Could Keep You Little is not only a book for children, but a great book for adults as well." "A really sweet book and beautifully illustrated that lets the parent know all the things he/she would be missing if their child stayed small." "You will love this one just as much as your child will, and it also make a great gift." "It's a beautiful reminder of what it's like to love a child." "If I Could Keep You Little is a beautiful book that appeals to every age. I enjoy reading it as much as my children and while, I'm able to hold back the tears now when we read it, I can't deny its message still tugs at my heart strings!" "Marianne Richmond has crafted another adorable book that parents, grandparents, and even not so small children are sure to enjoy." "This book does have a great message that all parents will understand and relate to." "It's 'watercolor style' drawings and phrases really speak all the thoughts and feelings I have as my kids take another step towards adulthood." "We all want to keep them little." "A story of all the changes that kids go through and all the milestones." "If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond is a book that understands a parent's desire to have it both ways. While we long to keep our children babies that need us, we also want need to let them go, just a little bit at a time." "Sure to resonate with both parents and growing children who are proud of their accomplishments." "This book truly celebrated the beauty of watching a child blossom and become independent while addressing the complex emotions that I feel as a parent when I need to let them go." "Marianne Richmond writes with her heart and with the knowledge of a mother. What a perfect way to show children how hard, yet how exciting, it is for a parent to watch as they grow up." "A tender, touching story for parents and children to share together." "Its sweet, inspiring words are a powerful insight into the cause and effect relationship between the parent and the child." "It's a must read for every parent." "Children grow so fast and it is hard to remember to cherish every second with how busy life gets. Reading this book helps put this into perspective." "A touching truthful story of how we as parents want our little ones to stay little, but if they did, we'd never get to experience all the other wonderful parts of childhood." "Perfectly captures that powerful feeling that parents experience as they are raising their kids - that feeling of wanting your kids to grow while greedily hanging on to every moment they are little." "Makes you appreciate your little ones being so young before they grow up and fly the nest." "This charming story will help both parents and young children accept and embrace the changes in their evolving relationship." "This is a book that child and parent can both enjoy." "The repetitive text in this book makes it appealing to even the youngest of children, but the message makes it appropriate enough to put away and give it to your child as they are leaving to go away for University." "A beautiful and emotionally driven story that is sure to be a favorite among children and adults alike." "A great reminder to make the most of their childhood before it's gone." "Marianne Richmond has truly touched upon the myriad of emotions that parents experience as they watch their children grow and mature." "[This book] reminded me that this time I have with them is precious, and I should enjoy every moment of it." "Marianne Richmond captures so poignantly that yearning we have to hang onto our little ones' sweet youth and innocence (those fleeting moments), while at the same time watching them grow and blossom into the unique individuals they are meant to be." "Perfect children's book to stick under the tree this year." "This beautifully illustrated and lovingly written book, 'If I Could Keep You Little' by Marianne Richmond echoes the sentiment of mothers who wish to keep their children little, but yet also encourage them to grow and develop to their fullest potential." "It's full of those moments of parenting bliss that you just want to enjoy forever." "This one makes me cry!" "The book is both sweet and inspiring as it reminds us of all the things we love about our kids little but then reminds us of what we would miss as they become big if we kept them little." "It reminds us to treasure the right now when they are little and the exciting things they will do and be as they grow. " "Your kids will enjoy the book....and you parents will adore it!" "You can practically feel the love between the parents and kids in the pictures radiating off the page." "I highly recommend this book for all parents everywhere.....read it to your children, share it with your friends who have children and then go hug your children tightly, you will want to after you read this wonderful book." "Marianne does a great job preserving those milestone memories with her words and her own illustrations." "[It] tug[s] on [the] heartstrings of all those who read it...This is a must read and I would recommend it to families and kids, another great bedtime story." "It shows the love a parent feels and also explores how very independent they will become over time." "Watching our kids grow up is bittersweet and If I Could Keep You Little... represents the tug parents feel as their kids grow." "This picture book touches the heart and really spells out the feelings of mixed desire to have your child grow into whom they should be, but also to protect them and keep them where they are." "What Marianne puts so lovingly into words is that while we will miss the times we had to do everything for them, we are so proud when we see them accomplish things on their own." "An adorable, potentially tear-jerking book about the bittersweet feeling of watching your child grow and wanting to cherish every moment before it slips away." "This book is just adorable. And not only will your kids enjoy having it read to them, but you may enjoy it more!" "I don't see this book as simply a children's book but one that is good for new parents, great grandparents and all of the generations in between." "Highly recommend it for your book shelf!" "[Marianne] captures in very few words and with great artistic talent the joyful moments of early child-parent/caretaker relations and how those relations change." "It definitely talks to your heart! This would be a great holiday gift to any child." "While I'm sure the book is meant for children, I personally think it would make a wonderful gift for any mom - whether their children are growing or already grown." "Marianne is quite amazing how she is able to capture all our feelings and put it into a book with her wonderful artwork. Her book is worth reading over and over again." "This is just a lovely book with a lovely message, and is sure to become a fast favorite for lap time or bedtime. Want to keep your child little? Well, you can't...but you can have fun trying. Just read, If I Could Keep You Little." "It really speaks to you as a parent and the entire range of emotions you feel with raising children. But I love that it is done in such a way that children enjoy it." "Marianne Richmond has captured the bittersweet moments of watching our children grow up, while wistfully recalling all the fleeting little moments that have already passed." "I absolutely love this book, and recommend it to anyone that's a parent." "The illustrations are bright and cheerful and feature a wide variety of mommies, daddies and kids so that your little one can see someone that looks a bit like them." "It will speak straight to your heart as a parent, exploring the powerful feeling that every parent has: the push/pull feeling of wanting your child to grow and savoring and holding on to every moment." "[Marianne's] words and lovely illustrations will delight adults and children alike, making this hardcover treasure a wonderful gift for moms going through it as well as moms who have been there." "This is a lovely book with a powerful message that I would recommend any parent add to their child's book collection." "A feel-good book to share with loved ones on those cold and windy afternoons, snuggled in a big comfy chair - or relished at bed time by parents reading prose from the beautifully illustrated pages as their son or daughter immerses themselves in the wonderful pictures of the children progressing into little-big people." "Readers of all ages will find their own life stories falling out of the pages of rhythmic verse and warm watercolors." "It is such a neat reminder of the fleeting moments that really matter... and of the beauty of childhood and who these little people are becoming." "Every single word and feeling Marianne expresses in her book is somehow the same words and feelings that sometimes inundate my mind and heart." "I really love that this book puts into words what so many parents go through emotionally...watching their children grow up way too fast." "This book perfectly captures that inner struggle we as parents go through watching our kids grow up." "This book brought us giggles and then put me into tears just thinking about how my kids are growing so fast." "This is sure to be a favorite with both parents and children, a rare trait to find in a children's book." "Marianne Richmond does an excellent job of touching the hearts of children and their parents with the touching words and illustrations in If I Could Keep You Little." "If I Could Keep You Little is filled with meaningful rhymes and illustrations both parents and kids alike can relate too. Through her innocent rhymes, author Marianne Richmond has managed to convey those feelings of loss and pride many of us as parents feel as we watch our toddlers and children develop, discover, and grow." "With whimsical illustrations and rhythmic poetry, "If I Could Keep You Little..." is sure to delight both parent and child." "I can see it becoming a favorite that you, the parent, will select as the bedtime story, from time to time, just so you can casually remind them just how much you cherish him or her." "I would definitely recommend this amazing book as a wonderful gift idea that will be a treasured keepsake for your child." "This is a wonderful book that I think every family needs in their home library." "Every parent can relate to the emotions filled in this book." "It's a wonderful book and I strongly recommend it for any mom or dad." "A book that truly comes highly recommended." "Written for kids, its rhyming prose captures the essence of motherhood for sure. The text is written to your child as you read to them, but it really spoke to my heart as a mom too." "A great book about the milestones children reach as they grow up and what most of us mommies what them to stay little." "If I Could Keep You Little is a great Children's book that any mother can relate to." "If I Could Keep You Little... by Marianne Richmond is one of my favorite new books sitting on our bookshelves." "With beautiful illustrations throughout, If I Could Keep You Little, would make a great addition to any child's library." "I recommend ""If I Could Keep You Little..."" as an excellent gift for any parent! It would make a great graduation gift for your child, a precious gift for a new baby or new parents, and the perfect gift for Mother's and Father's Day!" "Moms and Dads express how much they enjoy their young children in this rhyming book." "An endearingly bittersweet book where parents who don't want their babies to grow up too quickly, and yet, want to see their kids realize their dreams and experience life's ups and downs." "Celebrate life, growth and the bond you share with If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond. Be sure to have tissues handy." "This book spoke to my heart and I could relate." "It is a lovely and sweet children's book, that any parent will be able relate to, and any children will enjoy." "With a cute rhyme and scribbly watercolor drawings, author and illustrator Marianne Richmond tells the story of growing up, and the wonderful discoveries that come from becoming a big kid and from watching that process unfold. I liked this book because it speaks not only to every mother who longs to stop time, but to kids everywhere who can't wait to speed it up. "If I Could Keep You Little" is a big delight." "If I Could Keep You Little successfully captures those fleeting moments when a mother or father reflect on the times when their children were growing up, having to keep them safe and warm -- just before they tuck them in for bed, never neglecting to check the closets and under the bed for all things that may go bump in the night. A book that truly comes highly recommended." ""Perfectly captures that powerful feeling that parents experience as they are raising their kids - that feeling of wanting your kids to grow while greedily hanging on to every moment they are little." " - Mother Nature Network ""The repetitive text in this book makes it appealing to even the youngest of children, but the message makes it appropriate enough to put away and give it to your child as they are leaving to go away for University."" - Multi-Testing Mommy ""It's 'watercolor style' drawings and phrases really speak all the thoughts and feelings I have as my kids take another step towards adulthood."" - Dinker and Giggles ""We all want to keep them little."" - Crazed Mind ""It's a beautiful reminder of what it's like to love a child."" - Readaholic ""I'm not sure who liked this book better, me or the kids. The kids love the glimpse into their future and I love remembering all the little things they did as babies."" - A Little of This and A Little of That ""A really sweet book and beautifully illustrated that lets the parent know all the things he/she would be missing if their child stayed small."" - Mommy Esquire Diaries ""A story of all the changes that kids go through and all the milestones."" - My 5 Monkeys ""If I Could Keep You Little is a beautiful book that appeals to every age. I enjoy reading it as much as my children and while, I'm able to hold back the tears now when we read it, I can't deny its message still tugs at my heart strings!"" - Mommy's Memorandum ""While I desperately want to keep my children little, I also know that I don't want to miss out on the next step. If I Could Keep You Little... sums up just about every parent's heart cry."" - Empowering Mommy ""If I Could Keep You Little is not only a book for children, but a great book for adults as well."" - One Momma Saving Money ""If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond is a book that understands a parent's desire to have it both ways. While we long to keep our children babies that need us, we also want need to let them go, just a little bit at a time."" - New Age Mama ""Marianne Richmond has crafted another adorable book that parents, grandparents, and even not so small children are sure to enjoy."" - Books for Boys ""It spoke to my heart... it puts thoughts that I've had a thousand times into words. A must read for all parents."" - Mom Knows it All ""This book does have a great message that all parents will understand and relate to."" - Dad of Divas ""You will love this one just as much as your child will, and it also make a great gift."" - A List Baby

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