When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Song!

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2021
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Author Biography

Danielle LaRosa received a B.A. degree in Special Education and a Master's degree in Reading. She is a former elementary school special education teacher with a love for music. She incorporated music into her classroom on a daily basis. Her background in early childhood reading and her love for music have melded together to help her create her debut book "When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Song!"
Danielle has experimented with writing children's books for years. When her eldest son was seven she wrote a book to read to his class. It was just for fun, but it was then that she realized she would write a children's book one day. Fast forward six years and Danielle's dream became a reality.
Danielle's goal is to put a smile on a child's face and a song in their heart. She hopes to ignite the love of music and reading into the lives of children by providing them with a light-hearted music inspired book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Do you hear music in your heart? Your soul? Does it speak to you and make you want to sing? Maggie loves her music so much so that when she grows up, she wants to be a song. Even if she’s working in a bakery or exploring outer space, or perhaps living the life of a wild child, she wants to be a song. The only thing is, she doesn’t know what song she wants to be. There are so many decisions to be made about her future before she really can choose the right song for her. And, she has to listen to a lot of music to find the ‘right’ song that suits her.

Danielle LaRosa’s picture book story, When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Song!, is a unique way to introduce to young readers the many opportunities available to them when they grow up. The plot begins with Maggie sharing her secret wish to be a song, but reminding the reader that they mustn’t share her secret. Then she launches into multiple career choices for her to aspire to. Told in rhyming verse, the story reads like the lyrics to a song. With its lilting nature, this story is a song in itself. Danielle LaRosa uses another interesting technique. She borrows various song titles and lyrics and weaves them into the story, each highlighted in blue. She provides a concise list of titles and lyrics and songwriters used in the story at the end of the book. Finding the right song, Maggie realizes, is more than just the music, it’s also about what she wants to do with her life. As long as music is a part of her plan, a part of her song, Maggie has a number of things she’d love to do as a grownup. The main thing for Maggie is that music defines who she is. This is a beautiful, touching, sweet story with charming illustrations. Loved it!

Sharon Cardia

This book had me longing for more pages! I love the intermittent songs that made me thinking of my childhood and teenage years. What an amazing and creative concept for a children’s book. My imagination is running wild I can’t imagine a child’s imagination! Maggie is such a lovable and likable character, I was mesmerized by the beautiful illustrations. I really hope more additions to Maggie come in the future I will be the first to buy it