A Way with Wild Things
A Way with Wild Things
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A Way with Wild Things

Written by Larissa Theule & illustrated by Sara Palacios
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Bright illustrations and a lovely story beautifully meld to epitomize coping mechanisms for quiet children and highlight the worth of each individual..

This story begins with Poppy surrounded by nature—which includes, fittingly, a lot of poppies—enjoying her bug friends and appreciating the beauty surrounding her in “the cicadas’ newest symphony” and “ the spider mama’s weaving.” Poppy loves to talk with the ladybugs, but when she’s surrounded by people, it’s a different story—she’ll camouflage into her surroundings like a chameleon to avoid small talk and attention. At Grandma Phyllis’s hundredth birthday celebration, her Uncle Dan draws all attention to her as he calls her a wallflower, but as a dragonfly lands in her hand and with loving reassurance from her grandmother, Poppy realizes she’s “No, not a wallflower . . . A wildflower.” Theule’s lovely and poetic story emphasizes that having different interests, personalities, or ways of excelling doesn’t detract from your worth. Though Poppy is a little shy, she gains comfort from her dragonfly friend and remembers to relax, breath, and speak clearly, and Palacios’ brilliant illustrations further emphasize Poppy’s coping methods as the crowd of people turns to an array of beautiful flowers. The illustrations include notable texture, floral detailing, and commendable camouflaging of Poppy into a variety of surroundings. This beautiful book is a remarkable reminder of acceptance and appreciation, and—like Poppy sitting in nature—finding beauty in diversity.

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  • 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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Book Details

ISBN
9781681190396
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.
Page Count
32
Reading Age
3 - 6 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2019019153
ASIN/ISBN 10
1681190397

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