Compendium. Aug. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781946873750.
PreS-Gr 2–A gentle, imaginative read brimming with positivity. Intricate illustrations in soft colors depict a child and their pet pig frolicking among whimsical scenes of the natural world. Straightforward prose with no more than a few sentences on each page encourages children to develop a creative, adventure-seeking spirit. Yamada invites readers to reflect on the possibilities within themselves and to stay resilient in the face of adversity. The lack of plot and emphasis on inspirational messaging make this book more likely to resonate with adults than with children, but young audiences will undoubtedly appreciate it in their more reflective moments. It makes a lovely bedtime read and a welcome baby shower gift, and it could be used in elementary classrooms to prompt a discussion about compassion and kindness (“Maybe you will help others see the beauty in each day?… Maybe you will speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves?”).
VERDICT Stunning illustrations and uplifting themes make this volume a solid purchase for large picture book collections

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