There’s Room for Everyone

Tiny Owl. Oct. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781910328538.
K-Gr 2–This purposeful picture book centers around themes of inclusion. Narrated by a sailor who has traveled the world, he begins by explaining that he started off living in a tiny space in his “mommy’s tummy” but there was “enough room for me.” Then he goes through the various stages of his life and how he noticed that everywhere he went, there was enough room. There was enough room in his house for all his toys, enough room in the library for all the books he wanted to read, and even enough room for all the fish in the sea. However, during his travels he noticed that people were always fighting for space—whether it be on a bus, waiting for the bathroom, or warring with one another over land. In the end, he shares a secret with readers: “If we are kinder and if we love one another, then, there is indeed room for all of us.”
VERDICT The illustrations are distinctive as Teymorian makes ample use of colors and shapes to convey large and small spaces. There is a note from the author at the end explaining how this book came to be as she watched the news in her home in Tehran. An attractive but optional purchase.

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