The Book That Kibo Wrote

Eerdmans. Apr. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802855893.
PreS-Gr 2–Digital illustrations in a bold palette follow the creation and subsequent journey of a story written by a rhino named Kibo who captures the rich sensory details of his home on the savanna. Kibo’s yellow book travels from reader to reader and goes from settings rural to urban to the Arctic sharing not only the power of reading but also the delights of sharing a book with others. The final spread features a polar bear basking in the warm sun of the savanna as icebergs, whales, and falling snow surround him. For a classroom lesson about the power of reading and a good book to transport readers no matter where they are, this title will have children considering their own stories and settings.
VERDICT The trifecta of reading, writing, and sharing at the heart of this visually engaging title becomes transformative. Highly recommended.

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