Triangle Square. Oct. 2021. 44p. Board $12.95. ISBN 9781644210840.
Toddler-PreS–A board book that illuminates the undeniable power unity holds in strengthening communities in the name of social justice, environmentalism, and love. Damluji’s uplifting poem calls for every and any generation to believe in and act upon the positive influence unified words and actions have when grounded in respect for all and for the Earth. Inspirational nature metaphors present lyrical constructs between the power a single yet critical voice holds compared with the might raised by many in their efforts to bring about social change: “when waves move together they are an endless sea.” Nagara’s graphic illustrations and timely subjects include diverse cultures and global movements that will engage young readers in discussion about the great potential communal actions can accomplish. The illustrative style, which resembles collage, uses dramatic color contrasts and wood-grain textures to fill spreads, complete with thin, sunburstlike lines beaming behind the bold colors to complement the poem’s resonating voice. Together opens compelling cross-curricular that even older children will appreciate.
VERDICT The riveting harmony of illustrative design and poetic verse in this board book achieves a simple yet emboldening portrayal of the influential strength of people united.

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