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And Here’s to You

31yh89nhxsl_sl500_aa180_And Here’s to You, written by David Elliott and illustrated by Randy Cecil, is a cheerful, fun to read book. The illustrations are bright and colorful and really make the verse come to life. This New York Times Bestseller is a celebration of life. You can think of it as a toast to the birds, fish, bears, bugs, cats, dogs, cows, frogs and people.

This is a great, feel-good book for young readers to read aloud. There are some silly words too, which make this extra fun . . .

Dogs! Here’s to the howling ones,
The running, yipping, yowling ones,
All go and fetch a stick ones,
The lick, lick, lick, lick, lick ones.

0763614270int1And Here’s to You makes us appreciate all things
living – even ourselves. What a lovely message!
Read it with your child before bedtime.
Sweet dreams will surely follow.

dsc_0024-300x217 Today’s review comes courtesy of guest reviewer Debbie Glade. Glade is the author, illustrator and voice talent of the award-winning children’s picture book The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica, published by Smart Poodle Publishing. She visits South Florida schools with her reading, writing and geography programs. For years, Debbie was a travel writer for luxury cruise lines. She writes parenting articles for various websites and is the Geography Awareness Editor for She blogs daily at

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