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Paperback Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1952517006 1952517001
  • 37 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1952517013 195251701X
  • 38 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2021
  • B094HB3KPM B094HB3KPM
  • 21 pages
  • $2.99
Eevi Jones
Author
Forever My Always
Eevi Jones, author
USA Today best-selling writer and award-winning children’s author Eevi Jones publishes a sweet new take on Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go, that is meant to be gifted to graduating sons and daughters who are about to venture out of the proverbial nest. Written in verse, Forever My Always provides adolescent boys and girls with the wisdom with which we wish we would have been sent out into the world. The beautifully illustrated pages are a sweet tribute to our sons and daughters who are about to begin and build a life of their own. Whether our kids are off to college, a year abroad, or their first solo overseas adventure, Forever My Always is a beautiful reminder that no matter the distance, we are always there for them.
Reviews
Jones’s (The Magic of Choice) sweet children’s book encourages young people to explore the world and take chances to become the “truest version” of themselves. Reminiscent at times of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Jones uses simple rhyming verse to offer kids of all ages essential advice about overcoming challenges, choosing the right friends, and how to “trust in their own magic.” One of the most welcome, important–and hardest to grasp– components of Jones’s message is its warning against the pitfalls of privilege: “Gain confidence through your success, not entitlement and birth. For through the daily and smallest of wins your true self–it will emerge.”

Jones’s distinctive, starkly black-and-white illustrations, with some enticing pops of red, depict a young boy and girl in various stages of exploration and amusement: playing in the mud, working together to complete a joint mural, watering flowers, and helping each other navigate a rock wall labeled “friendships.” Weaving together these warm scenes is a red string originating from an oversized ball of yarn, with every strand representing essential personality characteristics to develop, including love, friendship, courage–and even mistakes, as the story points out that “pushing through struggles” provides growth opportunities. The children's faces are clear and expressive, giving younger kids and parents plenty of chances to contemplate and talk about their feelings.

For parents who feel emotional when envisioning their babies venturing out into the world, this touching story will likely trigger a tear or two. However, it will also give adults important opportunities to talk to youngsters about crucial life skills, like growing confidence and overcoming fear. With distinctive illustrations and mostly smooth, easy-to-follow rhymes, Jones’s uplifting tale will inspire curiosity in young people–and leave parents wishing they could go back in time to impart knowledge to younger versions of themselves.

Takeaway: This delightful story encourages children of all ages to explore the world and take chances to become the “truest version” of themselves.

Great for fans of: Emily Winfield Martin’s The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein’s The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: B+

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1952517006 1952517001
  • 37 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1952517013 195251701X
  • 38 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2021
  • B094HB3KPM B094HB3KPM
  • 21 pages
  • $2.99

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