Do you have new or expectant parents

on your list? If so, this might be

just the gift for them.

Most parents are eager to see their children grow and learn and eventually spread their wings and join the world as productive members of society. We expect our children to venture out on their own, but are we really prepared for it when they do?

Based on the hit country song by Trace Adkins, the new book Then They Do (hardcover book with CD, $14.99; Rutledge Hill Press) is the expression of those mixed emotions of pride and apprehension parents experience when they discover their children have blossomed into the young men and women they’d always hoped they’d become. Celebrating the milestones and cherishing the moments, the book is filled with real-life stories that reflect the heart of this popular song.

“When I first listened to the song,” writes Adkins, “I was quite literally stopped in my tracks – it really rang true to how I feel as a father.” Because “Then They Do” will not be sold as a single, consumers will have the unique opportunity of owning a single version of the song that accompanies the book.

Expressing the universality of the song’s message, songwriter/author Jim Collins writes this about his own daughter: “In what seems like no time at all, I’ve gone from taking training wheels off her bicycle to walking her down the aisle, and when I saw her looking so beautiful in her wedding dress, I wished I had it to do all over again.”

Releasing simultaneously with this heartwarming book is Adkins’s newest album, Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1 (Capitol Records). In addition to a dozen of his chart-topping singles, the CD will feature “Then They Do.”

Then They Do is the newest of Rutledge Hill Press’s “NoteBooks” – books based on songs performed by some of country music’s most popular artists and written by the actual songwriters. Along with inspiring text and lush illustrations, each book includes the song’s lyrics and a CD single. There are currently 11 books in the NoteBooks series.

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