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Book Review: Use Your Imagination

This large picture book introduces the use of imagination with the help of two engaging animal characters, a simple page layout, and fun drawings of animals and props.

The child will be pulled into and along the story by the conversation between a wolf and a rabbit. The wolf acts as a mentor, teaching the rabbit and, at the same time, providing learning challenges for the guileless rabbit to master. Adult readers will be engaged by the implied danger of prey being so close and for so long near its predator. How can this book have any other resolution than the poor bunny following nature’s path? I’m sure anyone reading this book to a child will be thinking: “Do I keep reading this, or do I put it down?” I assure you this book has an ending surprising to a kid and a relief for adults.

What is essential about this fun book is how it highlights imagination as a thing to do. The child reader will undoubtedly get that imagination is a skill that can be cultivated and strengthened, that it has importance, provides many choices, and by the book’s end, holds much power.

“You need to use your Imagination! That means using words and pictures to create a story,” explained Wolf.

“Use your imagination” is repeated several times, almost as a command. Indeed, the reader will remember that imagination is not only something others do as an experience but something that a person should do without hesitation.

I recommend this book for adults who wish to share their enthusiasm for imagination with very young people in a fast, transparent, memorable, and engaging way.

Title: Use Your Imagination (But be careful what you wish for!)
Nicola O’Byrne, 2014, Nosy Crow Press / Candlewick Press, nosycrow.com, 22 pages, 9.09 x 0.2 x 11.42 inches.