Blueberry Girl

Blueberry Girl

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman comes an affirming poem for unconventional, powerful, growing daughters at any age.

A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.

Neil Gaiman and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn a wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them.

This beautiful picture book is a lovely graduation or baby shower gift.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060838102
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 121,815
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.


Charles Vess's work has graced the pages of numerous publications and has been exhibited internationally. Some of his other books include Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman, a circle of cats and Seven Wild Sisters with Charles de Lint, a new edition of Peter Pan, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu with Susanna Clarke. His awards include a Mythopoeic, Ink Pot, two Chesley, two World Fantasy, and two Eisner awards.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England

Education:

Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Blueberry Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
Cleverly written to illustrate the transformation from girl to woman, Blueberry Girl is sure to be a classic read for teens and parents of teen daughters. Thought-provoking and inspirational. Dare to grow, you won't regret it!
AndreaByrnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story of a little girl who loves blueberries.
timspalding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liam's review, "Dad, it's not about anything!"
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very sweet and touching book to read for your daughters by the writer of Coraline and the Sandman series.
apartmentcat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A prayer for a girl who is "still just a bump". The illustrations of Charles Vess, with the Blueberry Girl surrounded by friendly animals, are wonderful. Neil Gaiman's lyrical words are beautifully written - his poem evokes the hopes of parents for the future life of their baby. A dreamy and uplifting story for younger children.
TheoClarke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming poem or prayer for the good life of a girl child raised to excellence by glorious illustrations.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful prayer written by Neil Gaiman for his friend Tori and her soon to be born daughter Tash. It is about empowering her daughter to be her own person, to let her grow and be adventurous and live life to its fullest. The accompanying illustration by Charles Vess are suited perfectly to the story. It is a very quick read, but one that left me smiling. A must-buy book for anyone that you know who is having a daughter.
LadyD_Books on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was thinking of my #2 daughter (she majored in dance) and now is expecting her first baby... yes, it's true that I will be a grandma again! Do you remember me telling you the Greek word for grandma is YiaYia but I absolutely love this spelling of the word better, YaYa. It seems easier for others to remember. Anyways, the message of this beautiful book for girls and future women is a great gift for new moms and young girls. This simple, short poem/story of rhyme uses good sense, good balance, and good vocabulary. The warm illustrations by Charles Vess are so beautiful.This grabbed my heart right away, from inside the jacket flap:This is a prayer for a blueberry girl... "A much- loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parents-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself"...This book is a blessing for daughters to have a rich, full, wonderful life... and I agree! It's a sweet benediction. Asking for clearness of sight, wisdom for your daughter and finding truth are wonderful things. Thank you Neil Gaiman for writing a very beautiful book! ***** stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated book to accompany a beautiful poem about the desires a mother has for her daughter. A great book for both mothers and daughters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lovely poem is beautifully illustrated, and makes a great gift for a new baby or even for a graduate.
JEBurk More than 1 year ago
Picked this book up on a whim because I am a fan of Gaiman's other work and it was love at first sight. The illustrations were lovely and showed a diversity of beautiful, strong, young girls as the title 'blueberry girl'. It plays perfectly to Gaiman's strengths of questioning received wisdom and creating a new mythology for a contemporary age, a mythology that draws on historic roots but which looks boldly toward a better future.
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I just had my first child 4 months ago, a daughter. I bought this book for her, although she is a little young for it, she loves the pictures. I love the messages throughout the book, my wishes for her throughout life's journey.
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Mankell-Slueth More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my 15-year-old who just finished her first year of high school and is learning to drive. She has always been my "pumpkin-pie girl" so she really related to this story...just reinforces my hope and dream that she be a healthy, happy, independent thinking young lady.
Juele More than 1 year ago
This is every parent's wish for their daughter. I think the book says it all.
FaerieGirl79 More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Neil's work for quite sometime, and though this is a little different from what some may be used to from Neil, it's just as wonderful! The story was writted for Tori Amos' daughter, and I cried the first time I read the book. I've since read it to my 6 yr old niece, and she loved it. This book is a great gift for those who appreciate the gifts that life give us...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman's sometimes humorous, very true "prayer" reminds both mother and daughter that strong girls become strong women and encourages independence and strength. I gave it my friend with a new daughter and I sent it to my own daughter who is 28.
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mncat More than 1 year ago
Exactly what one would expect from Neil Gaiman -- a real parent's hopes and dreams for a daughter. Lyrical, touching, a little edgy, marvelous.
tkdiaz More than 1 year ago
A marvelous bit of bedtime poetry, and a lovely prayer for our daughters by Neil Gaiman. Not in the least bit creepy, but not at all saccharine. Excellent book.