What Do You Want to Be?

Children - Preschool
32 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2024
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Author Biography

Tara Pionkowski is your average every day little redhaired girl from the Midwest. Topping out at a staggering 4 feet 10 inches tall she realized that her plans for total world domination had been thwarted by her inability to reach the top shelf, so she went into the family restaurant business. She grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin with her two younger sisters, parents, and huge extended family. With her father being one of 17 children and her mother being one of 8 she quietly withdrew into her love of reading and writing. As sometimes happens life got in the way of her writing plans. Her family sold the business, she dabbled in advertising and automotive sales, got married, had a daughter, got divorced, and went back to the fast-paced restaurant environment. She currently lives in a slightly larger small town with her significantly taller daughter and 3 dogs that's about 10 miles away from the one she grew up in. She wrote "What do you Want to be?" in memory of her father who passed away from pancreatic cancer a week before her daughter was born.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Everyone has their hopes and dreams. Many of us want to be someone who can change the world and make it a better place to live. As children, opportunities and potential almost seem limitless. What Do You Want to Be? is about a child who shares her dreams with her loving father. Featuring illustrated artwork by Patrick Thelen-Brazier, this short picture book by Tara Pionkowski follows a little girl whose father asks her what she wants to be when she grows up. The child answers that she wants to be like the wind, the rain, and the stars in the night sky. She also reveals her reasons and the ways she can help others. But most of all, she wants to be happy and make her father proud.

What Do You Want to Be? is a heartwarming story by Tara Pionkowski. This children's picture book is about embracing one's unique strengths, abilities, and dreams and sharing them with people we love. Pionkowski uses clever wordplay and rhymes to narrate an engaging tale that parents can read to their youngsters. This kind of bedtime story not only makes you happy but also encourages you to dream and feel hopeful about tomorrow. Illustrator Patrick Thelen-Brazier utilizes Midjourney AI brilliantly to provide readers with some lively and colorful artwork, which makes for an even more enriching reading experience. I had a wonderful time reading the book and highly recommend parents introduce it to their children. Kids will love this one!