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School Library Journal **Starred Review**
Excerpt: “Spread after spread of exuberantly busy, beautiful life….A visual delight, this picture book offers openings for conversation about wishes, predictions, and one’s own enviable strengths.”—School Library Journal **Starred Review**
PreS-K–A child and a multitude of small creatures all wish they could be something else. A little girl wishes to be a butterfly that can fly everywhere, but the butterfly would like to be a stick bug that doesn’t stand out so much. Of course, the stick bug thinks the whirligig beetle has the better life and so on, until the story circles round to a dragonfly that wishes it could be a child. Implied messages about imagination and finding satisfaction in your own special abilities are there for children to interpret as they choose. Van Hout employs painted papers in the style of Eric Carle to collage plants and critters and places them on backdrops washed in vibrant, translucent color. The result is spread after spread of exuberantly busy, beautiful life. A glossary with one to two sentences of information about each featured animal is included, as are instructions for making painted papers and collage. VERDICT A visual delight, this picture book offers openings for conversation about wishes, predictions, and one’s own enviable strengths.
–Jan Aldrich Solow, formerly Fairfax County Public Sch., VA
Booklist **Starred Review**
April 1, 2021
Excerpt: “The imaginative narrative guides viewers through a series of richly colorful, dynamic collages, each showcasing a creature and its particularly enviable ability, characteristic, or situation….Originally published in the Netherlands, this radiant picture book has international appeal.”—Booklist **Starred Review**