Everywhere, Wonder

illus. by Robbi Behr. 48p. Imprint. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250087959.
K-Gr 2—Pyramids, blue balloons, beautiful things of wonder—this title speaks to the power of the imagination, starting with an open book, a shared story, a "little gift from me to you." As a young boy reads, he begins a journey—from the Egyptian pyramids to the canyons of Arizona and through Brazilian jungles; Japanese gardens; the savannas of Kenya; the salmon-filled waters of Alaska; the storms of the Coral Sea; the surface of the moon; the farms of Sheboygan, WI; and the white solitude of the North Pole. Slipping in and out of his thoughts, blue balloons are like wonders yet to be found and moments of inspiration and dreams. "You never know what you might see…so keep your eyes wide open as you go." As the boy presses his nose to windowpanes, his cartoon smile follows the balloons. A colorful collection of water-washed digital collage images join descriptive prose to invite readers and dreamers to embark on the adventure and share their own tales.
VERDICT A tribute to the power of imagination awaiting those who are open to the marvels that surround them. Best reserved for one-on-one sharing.

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