As soon as I saw this book written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, I knew it would be a great book to share with my chickens. After all, it has an egg on the cover!
The gold seal is for an Independent Publisher Book Award. This book won a gold medal in the category “Children’s Picture Book (All Ages)” in 2014. It is still on the bookstore shelves because it is that good!
“The egg is adorable, especially because it has chicken feet for walking. For most of the book, it looked as if it wanted to hatch but wasn’t quite ready yet. I have lots of ideas, like being a ballet dancer, that aren’t quite ready for hatching yet. This book gave me more ideas and encouraged me to dream even bigger!” – Gracie
“The best part of this book is everything. I liked this book because I have lots of cooking ideas I’m hoping to hatch. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with my ideas for recipes, but this book helped me a lot. I think it would be good for anyone who has ideas.” – Bessie
“The crown on the top of the egg was fun because I like to wear hats too. I like the part of the book that said, ‘It wanted food. It wanted to play. Actually, it wanted a lot of attention.’ That’s just like me too! I have so many ideas. I have ideas I haven’t even thought of yet!” – Pearl
“The illustrations by Mae Besom are beautiful, absolutely beautiful. All of the birds flying are elegantly streamlined and are drawn with sweet personalities. I thought it was very clever how the illustrator always made the egg and whatever was near the egg colorful while everything else was dull and brown…until the exciting ending!” – Emily
“I like the beginning of the book best. It started off like this. ‘One day, I had an idea.’ That made my own best and most special idea pop into my head right away. So I had to see what happened to the idea in the book. My idea is to be the first chicken to fly to the moon and back.” – Amelia
This picture book is appropriate for anyone of any age. If someone has an idea and needs a little encouragement to see it through to the end, then this book may be for them.
At $16.95, this may seem a bit expensive for a picture book, however keep in mind this is an independently published book which can be slightly more expensive. The quality is very high for both paper and binding.
If you have an aspiring young person who dreams of one day changing the world for the better with an idea of their own, this is a perfect investment. It is a wonderful way of saying, “I believe in you and your idea.” This book would make a perfect gift for holding onto and rereading while waiting for an idea to become a reality.
“What Do You Do With An Idea?” is available through Barnes and Noble along with several other similar titles by the same author and the same illustrator for less than the price on the back of the book. Summertime discount codes offer additional savings.
Just so you know, “My Life With Gracie” isn’t getting anything from sharing this book with you. We don’t collect anything if you click the link here. Some websites work that way, but for us, it’s about reading. Children (and chickens) need to read and be read to, whether it’s what we write or not!