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About the Book
Author: Jane Altman
Illustrator: Joan Chiverton
Genre: Children and Adult Fiction/Poetry
Number of Pages: 54
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Publication Date: February 11, 2016
Summary: This book is a treasure! It is unusual in its endearing and educational verses and illustrations for children and in its engaging and varied pieces for parents - and other grownups. The rhymes are appealing, the illustrations are wonderful and the writings range from heartfelt to very funny. All in all a must read.
About the Author
The first part, which is for the children, is a poem called I Wonder complete with engaging illustrations. Some of the words used will be new to young readers and parents may need to define them, but I am a firm believer that children should be intruduced to new words which helps enhance their language skills. The poem poses a lot of questions to get little ones thinking as they read about different animals.
The next story is called The Glow Stones and is geared towards older children. It tells the story of a boy and a girl who are almost grown finding special stones amidst the plain grey ones. Upon their deaths their respective families find the stones, which to them appear ordinary. Only their grandchildren seem to be able to see the beauty hidden within.
The final section is a selection of whimsical and humorous poems for adults.
I have to admit I was a bit confused that this collection of stories were all in one book marketed as a children's book. I was not expecting to find separate sections for older children and adults. Although the author does a good job with her writing and storytelling, I believe it would have been a better choice to have I Wonder (the picture poem in the first section) as its own stand alone book with The Glow Stones story in another book of short stories for older children. The adult section would be best suited for a separate book as well.
With that being said, I Wonder: A Book for Children, Parents and Other Grown-Ups is a though-provoking read. Pick up a copy and decide for yourself.