It’s been a dry month. Lots going on. Tomorrow, we’re holding a fundraiser for our school, a literary dinner featuring Lalita Tademy, author of three fabulous historical novels: Cane River, Red River, and Citizens Creek. I’ll give you a recount of the evening next week.
Now, on to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. I’d like to nominate:
What Do You Do With An Idea?
The story starts innocently enough:
One day, I had an idea.
“Where did it come from? Why is it here?”
I wondered, “What do you do with an idea?”
The child tries to ignore that pesky idea, thinks it seems “kind of strange and fragile.” The child goes so far as to “act like it didn’t belong to me.”
Then we get the page turn and:
But it followed me.
The child worries about what others will think, so it hides the idea away. But it keeps growing and growing, along with the child’s love for it. Until the child builds the idea a place where it is safe to dream.
The idea and the child become friends as they share secrets. The idea shows the child how to walk upside down
“Because,” it said, “it is good to have the ability to see things differently.”
The child soon becomes unable to imagine life without the beloved idea. Then one day:
the idea “spread its wings, took flight, and burst into the sky.”
The idea becomes ubiquitous. It becomes “part of everything.”
And then I realized what you do with an idea…
WAIT FOR IT
WAIT FOR IT
You change the world.
This book, similar to Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is a worthy gift for all the young idealists, the forward-thinkers, the world-changers you know who may be graduating right now. It received a well-deserved Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal in 2013.