written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
(Roaring Brook Press) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
A boy kicks a beach ball into the ocean. Two seals find the beach ball. What follows are three different scenarios of what could happen after the seals find the ball. Each scenario involves a third seal. Readers will be able to have a rich discussion on friendship and the choices we make during play. There are very few words in What If?, but that is a strength rather than a weakness. It gives readers the opportunity to have more of their own thoughts on friendship rather than the author telling them what to think. If you lead Socratic seminars for young children in your classroom, this book would be an excellent candidate for a seminar. Being a book by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, you know the artwork is going to be wonderful and this book doesn't disappoint. I especially like the skies that she paints for the different scenes. What If? is certainly a candidate for several best book awards this year.
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