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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Children's Book Review: I’ll Never Let You Go by Marianne Richmond

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Sourcebooks PR,, 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

Welcome to our stop on the I'll never Let You Go book blog tour!


Which of these have you heard most frequently from children?

“I don’t want to go to school!”

“Can you stay at school with me?”

“Can blankie and teddy come with me?”

Author Marianne Richmond has heard it all! With over half a million copies of her picture books sold which celebrate the bond between parent and child, Marianne’s stories have made navigating the ups and downs of childhood a little easier for moms, dads, and kids! 

Her newest picture book, I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO explores the emotions of a young bear, Edward, and his devotion to his fuzzy blue Blankie, as he realizes that they won’t be able to stay together when Edward goes off to school.  It’s up to Mama to help Edward realize that, no matter what, the ones you love never really leave because they will always be with you in your heart.


This is a lovely book- the illustrations are engaging and cozy for kids, and the story is a great way to help children leanring about controlling anxiety and making important transitions- sometimes we forget just HOW many they make in these early years- it really is daunting for a child when you stop to think about it! 

“Will Blankie know I still love him even when we’re apart?” asked Edward.
“Do you know I still love you when we’re apart?” asked Mama.
“Yes,” said Edward.
“Then he will, too.”
“When you love someone, you’re always together in here,” she said, patting her heart.

The book is full of love between a mother and child, and it is perfect for reading together. The book is aimed at kids ages 4-6 due to subject matter, but it also makes a great easy reader! We highly recommend it! 

To honor the love in this book, Miss Grace and I had made up a pretty floral wall hanging, but unfortunately a different paint project (with LOTS of black paint), and it's water cup landed on top of it, and pretty much ruining the picture, thanks to the evil CAT, who was on a running spree. SIGH. And the one in a million time, I had NOT taken any pictures while we were creating it, or when it was finished, as I was working on 3 projects at one time. Wah!

So here is the project, a beautiful wall hanging, designed by the author, so you can make it with your child, and share the love from this adorable book:
i'll never let you go floral wallhanging

About the Author:
Since her start in 1991 with just 20 greeting cards, Marianne has become a recognized creator of numerous award-winning books, hundreds of cards and bright, colorful gift products. Two of her books -- I Wished for You, an adoption story and Fish Kisses and Gorilla Hugs -- are Book of the Year award winners from Creative Child Magazine. Several of her other titles are Mom's Choice Award winners.

What makes Marianne unique are her abilities as both writer and artist. When asked where her ideas come from, she says, "I try to be in tune with people's life circumstances. We all share universal emotions around certain life journeys ... and I think my gift is to capture those through my art and words."

Marianne lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, four kids, and their beloved Border Collie, Clay. Favorite things include coffee, exploring with my family, hiking, reading memoirs, sleeping, watching sappy movies, going on vacation, hanging out with girlfriends, eating ice cream after the kids are sleeping, doing art with kids .Visit www.mariannerichmond.com. for more

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