This thought-provoking, playful picture book from NYT Best Children's Book author Bruce Handy and Ezra Jack Keats Award winning illustrator Ashleigh Corrin plays with the idea of how life would be if certain of the things we love most were no longer here.

Product Code: 9195
ISBN: 9781592703838
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Enchanted Lion
Pages: 80
Published Date: 09/26/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $19.95

What if one day, all the birds flew away? Mornings would be quieter. Skies would be plainer. Worms could relax. What if there were no more bugs? What if there ceased to be day and night?

By asking how our world would change if it lacked birds, water, or people, and how we would feel about that, this playful text from Bruce Handy (The Happiness of a Dog with a Ball in Its Mouth), accompanied by joyful art from Ashleigh Corrin (Layla's Happiness), invites readers to celebrate the beauty and wonder of existence, and all that makes our world what it is. So often, our gaze is on the future, on that better world to come, but what if the world as it is—with light and water, salt, earth, and animals, plants and insects, air and stars and French fries—is sufficient, and it is only us who have not known how to cherish it, or to love it all well enough? This book reminds us that all we need is here, if only we attend!

For Ages 3-8

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“This joyful prose poem by Handy, illustrated with playful, hand-lettered spreads by Corrin, approaches gratitude in an unexpected way: by considering the space that beloved entities might leave behind… Sequences propose and provoke, inquiring about a world absent of a given thing—water, plants, nighttime, insects—and then affirming that thing’s empirical existence. Following ‘What if one day...// all the colors faded away?’ the revelation of a rich reality bursts forth in rainbow shades: ‘But there are COLORS!’ Upbeat, sunny, and philosophically creative, these lines leave behind a sense of startled freshness that mimics the relief of having a bad dream, and waking up from it.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

What if One Day… is a fun and beautiful ‘what if’ book… Illustrations are filled with yellows, oranges and browns with rough edges and easy, swooping imaginative imaging… Lots of fun! Recommended for libraries that cater to the younger set.“ —Pam Watts, Head of Children’s Services (Robbins Library, Arlington, MA), for Youth Services Book Review, STARRED REVIEW

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