Thursday, September 15, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and fifty-eight

Peter H. Reynolds is one of those author illustrators who creates incredible picture books that are powerful and memorable. For today's picture book, I have his latest title, and it has a message that will resonate with all kinds of people, both children and adults. 

Peter H. Reynolds
Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2011, 978-1-4169-9649-1
   All over the world, there are millions of children who see the world in a different way. They are not part of the big group, and spend much of the time alone because that is easier for them. This book was written for these children, for the youngsters who suffer from Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), or for those who are different in some other way.
   Being different can be lonely and when we meet the little boy in this book he is “here” while everyone else is “there.” He sits quietly by himself feeling the wind “patting my head” with its soft touch. The wind carries a piece of paper to the boy and he decides to turn it into a paper plane. When he sends his creation out into the world, the paper plane flies higher and higher carrying the little boy’s dreams with it. Then something wonderful happens and the little boy finds out that he can be “here” with someone else.
   In this memorable book, Peter H. Reynolds pairs his lovely illustrations with a simple and sensitive text to give readers of all ages a singular reading experience. 

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