This Small Blue Dot

Thames & Hudson. Jan. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781760761110.
PreS-K–In highly detailed pencil illustrations for the human characters and charming crayon illustrations for the remainder of the material, Sworder’s debut delivers a young girl’s informative and inspiring introduction to the “small blue dot” on which her new infant sibling now lives. Highlighting the interconnectedness of all living things and the need to care for our unique home, the author’s message of savoring childhood and beyond is captured in a child-centered way and doesn’t veer into overt sentimentality. The combination of realistic pencil-work with imaginative crayon backgrounds effectively welcomes all to find their place and enjoy the journey on our small blue dot.
VERDICT In mixed media, Sworder makes a compelling case for a wide ranging audience to pore over these pages and take in this ode to all life has to offer.

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