|This is Book (with and without his unique jacket).|
Oh, Lordy! I am simply in love Kirsten Hall's first trade picture book.
The Jacket is at once a gentle reminder of the simplicity of my childhood - sitting undisturbed and alone with a favorite book - and a smart, up-to-date take on creativity and overcoming disappointment. In this way The Jacket feels timeless.
Book is a friend. Book deserves to be discovered, read, and embraced. So, when our kindergarten and first grade students had an opportunity to visit with Book and his creator Kirsten Hall we were all very excited.
Especially when coupled with a playful dog and a puddle of ill-placed mud.
Poor Book was a mess! But luckily his friend, a resourceful little girl with some art supplies, designed a jacket for Book to keep him covered.
After the reading there was time for a question and answer session. It was then that Kirsten credited the idea for The Jacket to her son and encouraged the children to think of further adventures for Book. Hopefully we can enjoy more of his escapades in the future.
In this moment Kirsten's experience in early childhood education and her immense generosity became increasingly apparent. She sat on the floor with the children and delighted in their creations from RoboCops and monsters to princesses and aliens.
In the end I couldn't resist buying several copies of The Jacket for my young great nephew Easton and great niece Lexi. Oh, and one for myself which included a personalized message from Book whose speech bubble reads, "I love Gary!"
I love you too Book!