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by Nora Hilb and Sharon Jennings
illustrated by Nora Hilb
photographed by Marcela Cabezas Hilb

First & Best List, Toronto Public Library Next Generation Indie Book Award Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

A pony inspires a child to ride high on her father’s shoulders; a sailboat stirs two others to set off to sea in a cardboard box; and an airplane invites kids to soar like a bird.

In 13 stunning spreads, we see how children use the world around them as the inspiration for play. Vibrant photographs are juxtaposed with lively drawings to reveal the child’s own inventive interpretation. Short bursts of action-packed, rhythmic poetry encourage pre-schoolers to identify the patterning throughout the text and the sounds associated with each idea.

While developing language skills, kids can join in the fun as they create their own imaginative play from what they see around them.


“An enthusiastic salute to the power of imagination.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 10/09

“Make[s] any resistance to wiggling, giggling and tickling most unlikely.”
—The Globe and Mail, 6/10/09

“Little ones will point out things they recognize and enjoy the soft rhythms of the poems.”
—Booklist, 10/09

“An excellent book for one-to-one sharing with a toddler, promoting lots of discussion . . . could also be used in a group setting. It is custom made for a lively library or daycare storytime.”
—CM Reviews, 11/09

“A great choice to encourage parents to interact with their children in imaginative-play activities.”
—School Library Journal, 12/09

“This unique picture book . . . is sure to result in many repeat visits.”
—Resource Links, 12/09


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