I admire picture books that teach a lesson about uncomfortable subjects without being preachy. These selections deliver a message by provoking thought rather than stating a moral.
Where Do We Go When We Disappear?
Isabel Minhós Martins / Madalena Matoso
Using examples such as puddles that evaporate and sands that shift, the book suggests that change is constant and natural; a viewpoint which softens but doesn’t ignore our own mortality.
Nicola Davies / Laura Carlin
A young street thief accosts a woman and tries to steal her bag. The victim will give over the bag only if the thief promises to “plant them.” It turns out the bag is full of acorns, which the thief, as promised, plants throughout the city, transforming the landscape and herself.
Jennifer Uman / Valerio Vidali / Alix Barzelay
Based on the true story of a young boy who, in 1830, was taken from Tierra del Fuego and shipped to England to be taught the ways of civilized society. Things go south.
I love Scaredy’s temporary transformations because they’re more realistic than the customary hero who completely overcomes his or her shortcomings.
The Gift of Nothing
Patrick McDonnell delivers a fun, thoughtful reminder that the best gift is simply ourselves.
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