The Knowing Book

illus. by Matthew Cordell. 32p. Boyds Mills. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781590789261.
K-Gr 3—This picture book encourages readers to make the most of their lives. "Open a door. Follow a trail/or a sidewalk or a sign./Any one of them will/take you somewhere." The main character is a rabbit who is leaving home with only a scarf around his neck and a suitcase on his back. The rabbit's mom and dad are seen in the shadows. Curiosity and adventure are encouraged. As the rabbit explores the world and experiences doubt, worry, and fear, the narrator reminds him to turn to something that is always reliable and there: the sky and his own internal strengths. The beautiful pen and ink with watercolor illustrations are as goose bump-inducing as the words of wisdom in the text.
VERDICT This inspirational book could be given as a graduation gift at almost any age.

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