I Wonder

Random. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524714222.
PreS-Gr 1–Young children wonder aloud about the mysteries of life that surround them, such as, do dragonflies dog-paddle, does a grasshopper take hopping lessons, and what do clouds taste like? Answers to these questions are not provided but readers will be inspired to consider these and other such thought-provoking and often humorous queries. A beautifully diverse cast of characters ponders the mysteries of the universe in simple text and soft, soothing, and creative illustrations. Told in a series of “I wonder” statements and one-line questions, the simple story line covers a wide span of topics and will foster conversation between readers and listeners. The illustrations are created with mixed media, including watercolor, pencil, collage, ink, and digital media and set the tone of wonder and delight. Readers will feel validated by the fact that it is not only okay to ask questions, but also is encouraged and welcomed.
VERDICT A delicately illustrated picture book that embraces curiosity and wonderment.

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