An interesting mute little girl with long snowy white braids is the newest addition to the curious troupe of orphaned children at Oddfellow’s Orphanage. Oddfellow, a distant relative of a viciously notorious pirate Bluebird, made it his life’s mission to create a family for himself by taking in cast off children. This gentle read includes nostalgic scenes from just about everyone’s magical childhood imaginations, including plenty of stargazing, circus animals and cryptozoological creatures. This great chapter book offers simple yet charming illustrations and uncomplicated language. I recommend it for emerging readers in grades 1-4.
Sure to become a classic, Emily’s gentle singsong rhyme delivers a sweet reminder that we can all be quite wonderful. Her charming illustrations pull the reader in and invite them to explore their imaginations and appreciate individuality. The Wonderful Things You Will be by Emily Winfield Martin encourages bravery, cleverness and kindness in children. To the adult reader, it serves as a reminder of our past playful aspirations and nudges us towards acceptance and celebration of them, even if they’re a bit odd. This book makes an excellent lap reader for the pre-school and younger crowd.