Guess How Much I Love You meets Someday in this gentle read-aloud picture book that shows us that with just the right amount of care and support, even the smallest of seeds can grow to stand one hundred feet tall.
Thanks for the love that you’ve shown me Right now I’m so very small But with water and light I will keep gaining height And then one day I’ll stand at a hundred feet tall
Hundred Feet Tall is a tender ode to the power of unconditional, immutable love. Because no matter how small you are now, with patience and persistence, with encouragement and devotion, you, too, will someday grow strong.
Benjamin Scheuer is a Drama Desk Award–winning singer-songwriter and playwright. He toured his solo show The Lion around the United States and Europe, giving more than five hundred performances. His album Songs from The Lion was released in 2016 (Warner/ADA) along with four animated music videos, which have been shown at film festivals around the world. With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer created the book Between Two Spaces, the proceeds of which raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Scheuer lives in New York City with his wife, illustrator Jemima Williams, and their dog, Porthos. Visit him online at BenjaminScheuer.com.
Jemima Williams is a British illustrator and writer who worked for nearly a decade on the BAFTA Award–winning animated show Peppa Pig. She illustrated Andy Nyman’s The Golden Rules of Acting and has been a frequent contributor of illustrations and writing to the online women’s magazine Standard Issue. Jemima lives in New York City with her husband, Benjamin Scheuer, and their dog, Porthos. Visit her online at JemimaWilliams.com.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 11, 2020)
Length: 40 pages
Grades: P - 3
Ages: 4 - 8
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"Easy, well-metered rhyme, a repeating and expanding refrain, and words and musical notation on the rear endpapers combine to create a new storytime and music-circle favorite. A sweet paean to the nurturing power of love." - Kirkus Reviews
"Told from the perspective of a tiny seed, the story follows a young bunny who finds the seed on an autumn day and takes it home to nurture it with soil, water, light, and patience. As it sprouts, the bunny is thrilled to watch it grow “a hundred feet tall.” Along the way, he shares his experience with family and friends and draws his neighborhood together to appreciate the process and its ultimate result." - Booklist
"Scheuer’s text communicates the sweetness of anticipation, as does Williams’s digitally rendered artwork...an affecting volume about the quiet, nourishing work of loving." - Publishers Weekly
"Any kid who has grown a plant will understand the main character’s excitement over creating something big from something small, and the sweet, empowering moral is right there in the lyrics: 'If anyone says you’re too small to matter, that isn’t true./ The love in your heart that you share with the world makes a giant out of you.'" - BCCB
"This lyrical picture book...is the tale of a young rabbit helping a tree to grow, but also the story of the young rabbit and the growth and development of his family and community. There is a deliberate message of strength in the power of love and friendship. The book evokes feelings of togetherness, camaraderie, compassion, and kindness...love emanates from every detail, right down to the heart-shaped noses of the rabbit family." - School Library Journal
"An affecting volume about the quiet, nourishing work of loving." - Publishers Weekly