We are a society always looking for the next big thing. We make celebrities of inventors who chart their own course. Yet we also want everyone to conform and fit into a narrow mold of “normal”. The tension between the two is the genesis of the picture book, What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, a wonderful new book that celebrates initiative and inspiration.
In black and white delicately drawn illustrations, a young boy has an idea. He tries to ignore it, but finds he can’t. As the idea grows, he learns to disregard naysayers and begins to give attention to the idea, “I built it a new house, one with an open roof where it could look up at the stars – a place where it could dream.” With each page the idea grows larger and the pictures become incrementally more colorful until finally, the boy finds he cannot live without his idea and discovers that it is a gift to have the ability to see things differently. With spectacularly colorful drawings the book concludes with the idea spreading it’s wings, taking flight and the words, “And then, I realized what you do with an idea…You change the world.”
A book that looks at the intriguing process of creation is The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. A little girl and her dog have an idea and try to bring it to fruition, but again and again the results are not quite right. Anger builds until the young girl explodes, venting her overwhelming frustration.
After her canine companion suggests a walk, the duo calms down and is able to see with clear eyes that in fact, all their previous creations each have something perfect in them and set about taking their time to pull ideas from the earlier incarnations to create The Most Magnificent Thing.
Children are filled to the brim with ideas. These books give value to those thoughts and credibility to following dreams. For other suggestions that embrace the imagination, please visit to The Ivy Bookshop.