Friday, February 26, 2016

The Knowing Book

The Knowing Book
written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich; illustrated by Matthew Cordell
2016 (Boyds Mills Press)
Source: Review provided by the publisher

Sit down.
On a step or a hill or at the edge of a sea.
Take time to imagine something, or let something imagine you.
The unknown is waiting.

You can't judge a book by its cover. Balderdash! I saw a rabbit wearing a scarf on top of a house that is simply Bagginsesque and I was hooked immediately. My suspicions were proven correct. This is a great book. It's not so much a story as a glorious exhortation to get out into the world and do your thing. Seen through the eyes of a young rabbit, the narrator reassures you that whatever path you follow will be a good one. Take time to be joyful and to have a cry. You're going to need them both. Readers are urged to sit a spell and let their imagination take over. Don't let structure keep you from veering off the path when needed. Dream big but don't forget the small things that can bring you happiness too. At last, remember that all your steps will lead you back to where you started.

The Knowing Book is a gentle and beautifully illustrated nudge in the right direction for anyone who is about to embark on a big adventure. Graduates and soon-to-be parents are two audiences that immediately come to mind, but readers of all ages need to hear the wisdom on these pages. The text pushes us to be curious and search out new experiences. It's easy to settle and become a sheeple. Don't do it! Life can be a wonderful enterprise if we trust our instincts and remember what is truly important.

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