Monday, May 7, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #AtlasofImaginaryPlaces by #MiaCassany & #AnadeLima via #PrestelJunior

This dreamy, gorgeously detailed picture book leads children on a journey to impossible but wonderfully imagined places.

Upside-down mountains, volcanoes that spew bubble gum, a gentle humpback whale keeping an entire city afloat. These and other wonderful worlds may not exist on Earth, but elsewhere--who knows? Each spread of this captivating book invites readers on a fantastic voyage. Ana de Lima's whimsical, softly colored illustrations are filled with surprising details that reward close examination, while Mia Cassany's soothing narrator is a nameless fellow traveler. A jungle where the animals exchange stripes, spots, and markings each time they sneeze, an archipelago made up of dessert-shaped islands, and a lighthouse so tall you can draw a new galaxy with your finger are just some of the wild places to visit. Perfect for before-bed reading, or daytime dreaming, this stunningly illustrated book will delight young readers and encourage them to conjure their own imaginary places.

A beautifully told story that will capture the imagination of any reader. With the awe inspiring illustrations that take the reader visually into the wonderfully written story. I love that this book can be a home library staple or the book within the school where so many lesson plans can be created to accompany it. Kids can draw their own place within this imaginary world and write a story for it. You can have the kids look at the pictures and write what they think happens within each of the places. You could just read a bit of the story without showing them the pictures and see what they come up with. There are endless applications within the school setting for this book. Which really excites me. When it comes to reading it at home, anytime is a good time to read this book. I plan to use the above ideas for home learning over the summer with my two boys. I am super excited to see what they come up with!!! I highly recommend this book and really love all the ways it can be used to inspire both writing and artist expression.

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