Petra (Marianna Coppo)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Petra by Marianna Coppo, a story about possibility.

Petra is a mountain, smooth, gray and oval, and she’s just fine with that. The world often changes around her, from dinosaurs to villages to knights to seasons. But when a gigantic stick is hurled overhead, quickly followed by a dog that dwarfs Petra, she realizes that she may be a pebble instead… or perhaps an egg, with some unknown creature inside, or an island that can weather storms and provide the shady shelter of palm trees. Others often refer to her simply as a rock, but Petra sees possibilities, and soon finds an unexpected friend who sees them too.

Clever and cute. The story, with its loose rules of dimension and scale, serve to raise the ideas of perspective, imagination, potential, and sense of self. Petra is always fine with being Petra, no matter what the future has in store for her, and that’s a really nice message to send to young readers. The illustrations do a wonderful job of imbuing a sense of life and personality to the little stone, especially with her hilarious facial expressions (a scowl on her tiny face during one moment made me chuckle aloud). The length is great, and JJ enjoyed it too. A unique, positive story for little readers, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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