Synopses & Reviews
Step inside the pages of a little girland#39;s magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.
"In her first work as author, two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Zagarenski appears to have constructed a story to accompany her dreamy, otherworldly paintings, rather than the other way around. A girl in a fox-eared red hood borrows a book from her teacher and hastens home, but its words spill out along the way, leaving only the pictures. A mysterious whisper tells her, 'You can imagine the words. You can imagine the stories.' And so she does, inventing the first few sentences of a story for each of Zagarenski's magical paintings, but leaving them unfinished. In one, an enormous ox lies in a field, listening 'to secrets that anyone wanted to share.' In another, an elephant floats tranquilly down a river: 'Their hundred mile journey began in a sturdy wooden boat.' Tiny vignettes of the girl looking at these very images in her own treasured book create the sense that readers are reading it along with her. The unfinished stories may leave some readers with an uneasy sense of irresolution; others may see them as filled with possibilities. Either way, Zagarenski's artwork is irresistible. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* andquot;A sumptuously illustrated fable about the magic of storytelling and the power of imagination.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the magic of reading.