Let: A Poem About Wonder and Possibility

Cameron Kids. Aug. 2023. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781951836450.
Gr 1-5–This poem explores the idea that dreams are free to be created, explored, and shared, from the genesis of one verb and one concept: “let.” Through the use of non-rhyming, sparse lines of poetry, and African-inspired drawings, readers are taken through the notion of “let there be” and encouraged to apply that concept to their own hopes, desires, dreams, and ideas. Though the poem itself is short, applications of this book are unlimited: Poetry Month, Creativity Week, or simply exploring connections to self. Some younger readers may struggle with occasional wordplay, such as “fir and firmament.” There are brightly colored, silhouetted illustrations throughout. Ejaita’s earthy imagery evokes feelings of movement, power, and intrigue.
VERDICT An offering for larger libraries that will “let there be” creativity, innovation, and ideation among readers who enjoy more abstract concepts and movement-inspired illustrations.

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