Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Children's Book Review: Along Came You by Karona Drummond, Illus by Estelle Corke

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Zonderkidz Books, via their BookLook Blogging for Books program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Now for a lovely book that is perfect for all kids, but especially lovely for kids who are adopted, to know just how special they have made their parent's life!

Along Came You cover

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.


As I said above, this book would be great to give to an adoptive or foster child, as the child is older in this story, say preschool age, so it take away the questions about when they were babies, or when they were born. Instead it focus on the changes the child brought to the parent's life, and what a joy that has been. It is also great for single mothers of little girls, as the story only shows the mother and daughter, so it could be a great way to show a child going through divorce/without a father, that life can be fine with just mom! 

Along Came You  sample

Miss Grace adord the book and asked lots of questions like "how was the house decorated before all her toys came?". It is a wonderful book to snuggle up with and read together! The illustrations are bight and draw kids and parents alike to the book. We highly recommend it!

About the Author:
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.

About the Illustrator:
Estelle Corke lives in Bath in the UK with her husband and 8-year old daughter, who provided her with endless amounts of inspiration for Along Came You. Estelle is an avid gardener and enjoys experimenting with a variety of plants. She loves traveling and her dream is to illustrate until she is a very old lady, painting and traveling as she goes.

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