The Amazing Idea of You

illus. by Mary Lundquist. 40p. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781681191836.
PreS-Gr 2—Set in the rolling countryside, this inspirational picture book bursts with freshness in illustration and text. Deep inside every living thing is the idea that something amazing can emerge—an orchard from an apple seed, a leaping frog from a tadpole, a butterfly from a caterpillar. Beautiful ideas are inside every person as well—perhaps a new song, a colorful painting, or an invention not yet imagined. There are no limits to the greatness inside every living thing. The text is descriptive and appealing. The soft watercolor paintings emit feelings of hope and new possibility. The animal characters are detailed and adorable, and the young girl featured in the beginning of the story develops into a young woman by story's end. There is a recurring illustrative element on every spread: a softly painted leafy branch, which subtly ties each page together.
VERDICT A gentle yet deliberate reminder of the greatness deep inside every living being.

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