Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Winter Reading 2016 The Knowing Book

A mixture of Goodnight Moon and Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a good first impression of The Knowing Book. A young bunny goes out into the world and sees the sky overhead, something that will always be there. Journeying over hills and through thunderstorms, looking out at the sea or across a valley, watching clouds or flying a kite, the bunny learns important lessons. Phrases like "there is a magic around you but it hides," or "don't be too busy to slosh in a puddle" share some of the knowledge that the bunny gleans. And at the end of the journey, home is waiting under that same sky. 

This is a book that defies an age limit. Younger readers may enjoy it as a bedtime story. Older elementary-age readers may imagine themselves taking a similar journey and collecting shells, climbing a tree, or gazing at the stars. And adults may decide to give copies to loved ones celebrating a graduation. No matter the giver or receiver, the lyrical quality of the text and the gentle pen & ink and soft watercolors of the illustrations are homey and soothing.

Teachers, librarians, and parents immersed in children's literature may recognize the author's name from several recent books including - Lemonade Sun and Grumbles from the Forest. Illustrator Matthew Cordell's work includes Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters and Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie.

Highly recommended for school libraries, classroom collections, and everyone else.

I received an advance copy from the publisher for review purposes. 

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