written by Pippa Goodhart; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
2012 (Kane Miller)
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
How many choices do we make every day? The number is probably in the hundreds at least. It would be an interesting mathematical and sociological exercise to carry a counter for a couple of hours and tally the number of selections you make and think about why you made those choices. You Choose is a picture book that illuminates, for primary age children, this idea that decisions are made all the time and that the world is wide open with opportunity. For example, the first question asked of readers is "If you could go anywhere, where would you go?". The two page spread shows a brightly illustrated panorama of choices. You could visit a jungle or perhaps the beach. A city may be your choice or a castle by a cliff. On the next two pages, you can choose who you would like for family and friends. I'm passing on the hungry wolf in a dapper purple suit. As the reader continues on, choices are presented for housing, transportation, and food. Other sections include pets, occupations, and recreation. At the end of the day, you can choose from over 20 different beds in which to rest your mind that is fatigued from all the choices of the day. The sleigh bed looks like a winner to me.
You Choose would be a great book to read before creating an "All About Me" booklet. The topics in the book would be good for this kind of booklet. I would also use it to help create circle maps. You could pick transportation as a topic and ask students to suggest items for the map. Then you could pull out this book and add items to the map. All of the topics in this book could be units in a kindergarten or first grade class. As I mentioned earlier, You Choose presents an opportunity for a rich discussion on why we make choices. It could be tied in to a lesson on behavior and making good choices. You Choose is a humorous and vibrant look at the possibilities that life presents.