The day that Uma got her new red shoes, she went out to look at the night sky and wonder. There were so many stars, Uma realized that she could never count them all. There could be millions, or billions, or even infinity. Suddenly Uma felt very small. She asks her friends and teachers what they think of when they ponder infinity, and they each give a different response; some make Uma happy, some make her feel overwhelmed and anxious. At last, when her Grandmother compliments her beloved new red shoes, Uma realizes that she knows exactly what infinite means – her love for her Grandmother is the very definition of infinity.
Conceptually, this is a book unlike any I’ve seen before. Using Victorian-inspired visuals with a Dadaist twist, it attempts to give context to the concept of infinity for young readers and honestly, it did an amazing job at this! It gave thought-provoking examples, even a couple that could be replicated by the reader, and supported them with strange and wonderful art. And with a warm and loving ending, it ties together the scientific and the sentimental beautifully. The length is fine, and JJ seemed to enjoy this one as much as I did. If you’re looking for a very different storytime tale that will inspire your little one to ask some big questions, this may be the one for you. And for us, it’s Baby Bookworm approved!