Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Children's Book Review, Edge of the World

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

Children's Book Review
Sometimes when you have a vital interest in children's education, you need a picture book that is more than a story. If you're looking for one with lyrical language that can teach and inspire kids, check out Edge of the World. It was written by Ian Trevaskis, illustrated by Wayne Harris and published by Walker Books (2012).

Nobody smiled in the village near the edge of the world. The wind blew cold, snow lay thick on the ground and each day the villagers went about their lives with heavy hearts. That was until the day Toby McPhee sailed out to the very edge of the world and found just what was needed to bring joy back to their lives.

Edge of the World is the sort of children's picture book that reads almost like a poem, especially with the refrain: And nobody smiled in the village near the edge of the world. Harris' atmospheric illustrations combine beautifully with Trevaskis' lyrical and thought-provoking text to create a book that moves us, and leads us to discover the power of hope and creativity to change peoples' lives.

This would make an excellent picture book to treat with older primary kids. I believe the story will touch kids' hearts and lead to some productive discussion about tragedy, how it affects us and what we can do to move on from its devastating consequences. Walker have again added real value to this children's picture book with excellent classroom notes to download.

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  1. Adding this book to my 'to read' list right now. Love the cover too. :-)

    ~ Rebecca

  2. I love a good picture book that makes me cry- got any more?

  3. @Green MamaSecret: Even a happy picture book can make me cry! Just somehow moved by the whole awesome experience I guess.

    I have a post coming up early December with my Christmas gift book ideas, there's a new one in there that made me cry. For All Creatures I've reviewed and that made me shed a tear, simply because it's a beautiful book. But the stand out crying book for me must be Munsch's Love You Forever. My kids used to continually ask me to read it, just to see me cry. Little darlings.


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