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!

The Wonderful Things You Will Be (Emily Winfield Martin)

Hello, friends! Today, our book was The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, a sweet and beautiful book about the uniqueness and boundless potential of every child.

Told in lovely, flowing rhyme, the book starts by explaining that every baby and child is unique, and that “this is the first time there has ever been a you.” From there, it explores some of the endless possibilities for who “you” can be: a musician or storyteller or scientist or superhero, nothing is off the table. For whatever amazing, remarkable thing a child turns out to be, the most important thing is that they are what is most precious: themselves.

What a positively wonderful book! As usual, Martin’s signature illustrations steal the show, creating distinctive and enchanting characters and environments on every page. The text is peaceful yet inspiring to read, and moves at a nice pace that makes the book a perfect length for baby bookworms. The theme is classic and timeless, and has a message that can appeal to any child or parent. And I loved that the book is so inclusive: there are characters of every race and color, and they do not adhere too strictly to gender norms: girls are depicted as rock stars and superheroes, boys are shown sewing clothes and having tea parties. A superb book from start to finish, and enthusiastically Baby Bookworm approved!