"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all."
– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
We love the way this children's picture book begins:
"This is a book.
Black words. On white paper.
No bonus levels.
Not a single sound, in fact.
It's the most quiet, ordinary
thing that could be,
until you learn to look closer, and closer…"
David Miles then reveals how books activate and stretch the imagination, take us on adventuresome journeys into fact and fiction, and enable us to explore the farthest reaches of truth and freedom.
"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."
– Maya Angelou
Books serve children as friends, as tutors, and as scouts surveying the territory ahead. As Miles puts it, "It's your home when you want to learn. Or you need a friend. . . . It will never go dark, because it doesn't need batteries."
"Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself."
– George Bernard Shaw
No problem. We savored every moment we spent with David Miles's creative book and Natalie Hoopes' illustrations, which are magical extensions of the text.