The Knowing Book – Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Matthew Cordell


51x-pjBjUEL          The Knowing Book – Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, Boyd Mills Press, (9781590789261), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is an inspirational story about being oneself and following your own path. The poetic text is accompanied by beautiful soft pastel-hued pen and watercolor illustrations.   A young rabbit wearing a purple scarf and a brown backpack is encouraged by his parents to live life to the fullest. “Open a door. Follow a trail or a sidewalk or a sign. Any one of them will take you somewhere. You will choose.” The rabbit is encouraged to sing and laugh and cry, to be open to experiences, to be wise and brave, to use his imagination, to listen and to learn. The rabbit ends up back home with his parents, where he began his journey. “You will come upon delicious things and dark things, but all the paths you take will join to lead you home. Count on it. It is what you will always know.” This is a lovely, hopeful book that would appeal to many age groups.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?   This is a book that could be used for young children facing changes and also would make a great gift for high school or college graduates.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 7/15/16

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