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A Way with Wild Things

Written by Larissa Theule and illustrated by Sara Palacios
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Poppy’s not flashy, but she stands out in her own way. This charming book about a girl who loves nature celebrates quieter kids.

Poppy Ann Fields loves bugs—sitting in the grass singing with cicadas, carrying on conversations with ladybugs—and feels much more at home outside with six-legged friends than with other people. Inside, Poppy prefers to disappear into the background. Some might call her a wallflower.

But when Grandma Phyllis turns 100, Poppy must go to the party. She wears a dress that blends into the garden setting, so she’s almost invisible, until a very special bug lands on Grandma Phyllis’s cake. Poppy can’t resist popping out to see it. Soon, the rest of the party guests notice this beautiful wild thing—Poppy and the dragonfly!

With a gently poetic text from newcomer Larissa Theule and wildly charming illustrations by Sara Palacios, this story shows that sometimes a wallflower is actually a wildflower.

What Kind of Book is A Way with Wild Things

Quotes from This Book

  • "When the ants marched over her, / Poppy let them, even though she was ticklish."
  • "Her whole heart glad, Poppy clapped her hands."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Poppy felt a little shy and nervous when everyone looked at her at the party. Have you ever felt shy or nervous like Poppy? What things help you feel comfortable and confident, like how the dragonfly helped Poppy relax and speak clearly?

  • Poppy’s personality includes loving nature and bugs, but staying out of the limelight at events. What is your personality like? If you like the limelight, why do you think it’s good to understand how Poppy feels about it?

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Who Wrote A Way with Wild Things

Larissa Theule

Larissa Theule has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and is the author of the picture book How Do You Do? and two other picture books out in 2019. • @larissatheule

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Who Illustrated A Way with Wild Things

Sara Palacios

Sara Palacios is the illustrator of the Agnes and Clarabelle chapter books and several picture books, including the Pura Belpré Honor-winning Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match. She lives in San Francisco and Mexico City. • @sarapalaciosillustrations (Instagram)

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What Has Larissa Theule Said About This Book

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What Has Sara Palacios Said About This Book

  • A note about how Sarah feels about Poppy

    Sara loves Poppy because she has always been shy herself, especially as a little girl, and hopes all the little wallflowers—wildflowers!—out there feel inspired by this book.

    Quote taken from dedication page of A Way with Wild Things

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
March 3, 2020
Text Details:
Typeset in Sassoon Sans Std.
Illustration Details:
Sara Palacios created the artwork for this book in layers, with cut paper, acrylic paints, and Photoshop.