Imaginations are beautiful. While we see a cluster of trees, a couch full of laundry, or a muddy drive way, our children see jungles with wild beast lurking, ships sailing on the high seas and a swamp teaming with alligators. There is nothing more delightful that sharing a book with your children that embraces that gift of seeing the unseen.
We have enjoyed two picture books recently that showcase the wonders of imagination. Much conversation was had after reading these selections. It was fun to see everyone’s observations and different spins on how they heard the stories.
Beyond the Pond (Joseph Kuefler) We meet a young boy, Ernest D, in his backyard. It is just an ordinary day with no excitement in sight. Ernest decides to see how deep the pond is in his backyard and discovers that it could be bottomless. Suited up in diving gear, Ernest dives into the depths of his pond to discovery the expected pond life. But as he goes deeper more is to be found in the shadows.
This tale of imagination and adventure is illustrated perfectly. The story begins with an ordinary house and backyard. Once Ernest returns from the depths of his pond, his world is no longer ordinary and gray and boring. There is now color and life. Imaginations are powerful. What is in your backyard?
The Whisperer (Pamela Zagarenski) was a lovely surprise for me. It happened to catch my eye from the library shelf and I tossed it in the book bag. What an enchanting treasure!
A young girl is given a magical book. As she journeys home, the letters and words fall off the pages and out of the book. When the girl arrives home and opens the book to read she is startled and troubled to see no words, no story. Then, inspired by the illustrations she sees, the girl weaves her own stories for the book. And here she finds a hidden treasure: her own imagination and her own stories.
The Whisperer celebrates the gift of reading, storytelling and imagination. I love hearing the stories and adventures that my children create. What a gift to encourage in our children. Whimsical, enchanting illustrations will inspire even the youngest reader to spin a tale. We enjoyed The Whisperer again and again. I think you might as well!
What books have you enjoyed that has celebrated childhood and imagination?