Ooohhhh! The lure of one bright red book on a snowy day, waiting expectantly to be discovered. A young boy on a bicycle spots the book and stops to gather it up.
Hurrying home he climbs the stairs to his room where he excitedly opens the pages to enter the adventure within.
As he searches the illustrations, he discovers a girl in a bold yellow boat who is about to reach toward yet another red book. This one is floating on the top of the waves just within her reach also waiting to be discovered.
Brilliant, endearing, enchanting and filled with the promise and reassurance that stories matter and there is hope for the invisible threads that construct and connect us all. A celebration of story.
I would pair this book with Come With Me by Holly McGhee to teach the power of respect, empathy, our mutual humanity and above all the truth that each of us has a story that matters.
32 pages 978-0544818590 Ages 4-7
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Editor's Note: This is the companion book to Red by Barbara Lehman, a Caldecott Honor book.
When a young boy discovers an abandoned book on the side of the road, it opens a window to another world just as real as his own. But what happens when the two worlds collide? This imaginative companion to the Caldecott Honor–winning The Red Book works in a continuous loop, showing us that stories never really end. While fans of the previous book will relish seeing the story play out, prior knowledge isn’t necessary in order to understand or savor this one.