What We'll Build
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A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm.

A rare and enduring story about a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities, and all we need to build a together future. The perfect baby shower gift or gift for new parents!

What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers

Hi everyone. Today I’m gonna read you another Oliver Jeffers’ story. This one is called,

“What We’ll Build – Plans For Our Together Future.”

On the back cover it says,

“What should we build you and I? I’ll build your future, and you’ll build mine. We’ll build a watch, to keep our time.

Oh, here’s the tools they are going to use to build something.

What shall we build, you and I?

Let’s gather all of our tools for a start.

Do you guys recognize most of those tools?

I like that there’s a green crayon in there and a little pig, not sure what those are for.

For putting together and taking apart.

Let’s build a door, where there was none.

We’ll build a house to be our home.

I’ll build your future and you’ll build mine.

We’ll build a watch to keep our time.

We’ll build some love to set aside.

And build a hole where we can hide.

A fortress to keep our enemies out, and higher walls for when they shout.

But you don’t always lose, and you don’t always win.

So we’ll build a gate to let them in.

We’ll build a table to drink our tea, and say, “I’m sorry.” “Me too.” “Me three,”

We’ll build a tower to watch the sky, and other worlds that pass us by.

Let’s build a tunnel to anywhere.

Let’s build a road up to the moon.

Let’s build a comfy place to rest, for we’ll be tired soon.

Let’s build a boat that can’t be broken, that will not sink or be cracked open.

A place to stay when all is lost, to keep the things we love the most.

We’ll put these favorite things beside the earlier love that we set aside.

I think that we may want them later, when times are hard and needs are greater.

But, first things first, let’s build a fire, for we’ve planned a lot and now we’re tired.

It’ll keep us warm like when we’re born, then we’ll say good night, as all’s all right.

These are the things we’ll build, you and I.

The End

What We’ll Build Book Read Aloud YouTube Video


So what conversation will you have with your child after reading this book?

Some questions you might like to ask are:

What we learn from this story?

It is all about the pure potential of what will come, both good and bad, and how, ultimately, people need each other. Even if that is just for someone to listen to all your plans.’

What is lesson in this this story for children?

Children will love his playbook for building a future of love and imagination, and they will delight in the special relationship the father and daughter share.

This story is about?

A parent who surrounds his child with love and steadies her as she learns how to bring her dreams to fruition.

What other conversations or questions might you add? Please leave a comment below.

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