Wednesday, August 21, 2019
My Head in the Clouds
The cover of My Head in the Clouds shows off the whimsy that awaits readers within the pages (and perhaps a hint at some silliness in store as well). Youngsters will delight in joining the rollicking journey of the adventurous--albeit forgetful--heroine of this story.
First of all, I love that the book is told in rhyme--one of the greatest devices for ensuring that one reads with enthusiasm and rhythm (one just cannot read poetry without expression!). This book is the antidote for boredom as children will giggle their way past a gingham-pant wearing wolf, a swimsuit-clad mountain climber, a suitcase-hauling camel, and a taxi-riding Lady Liberty! All around the globe, there are sights to see (and things to lose--oh my!) on every page.
The bright and lively illustrations provide so much to entertain readers--whether discovering landmarks or trying to find the lost items hidden somewhere on the page. For some educational extensions, older readers may want to research more about the locations and find them on a world map. The author has a few helpful notes at the back to get children started.
The book would also be a great read aloud for a language class offering examples of rhyming verse as well as figurative language and idioms (starting with the title). Teachers could have children try their hand at writing their own adventures taking the main character to new places. Teachers can encourage problem solving with children by discussing what to do when you've lost your smile, your courage is in short supply, or you are facing fears (as our herioine does!).
Art educators will also find this book a great resource. Children can be encouraged to try their hand at drawing their favorite page in the book by trying to copy the style and layout. Discussion about use of color and texture to help tell a story would also be excellent uses for this book.
Musical children may even enjoy trying to put the rhyme to music adding one more dimension to this delightful book! Not merely a book, My Head in the Clouds is an experience best enjoyed on the lap of a parent, sibling, or grandparent.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of My Head in the Clouds through NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.