Emile and the Field by Kevin Young illustrated by Chioma Ebinama

Published by Make Me a World

Summary:  “There was a boy named Emile/who fell in love with a field.”  Emile loves the flowers and insects he finds in the field and how the colors change with the seasons.  He wonders if the field ever misses seeing things like the sea or skyscrapers or airplanes (up close).  What he doesn’t like is when snow covers the field and other kids come to play there.  His dad reminds him that the field doesn’t belong to him, and that if other people love it like Emile does, they’ll help him take care of it so that it can be there forever.  Includes a note from Make Me a World’s Christopher Myers.  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The lyrical rhyming-ish text and dreamy watercolor illustrations will help readers appreciate nature and realize that the beautiful things in the world are made for us to share.  Definitely a book for Caldecott or Coretta Scott King consideration.

Cons:  While Christopher Myers’s note is addressed to readers, it seems more directed to adults.

August 23, 2022 at 02:30PM Janet Dawson