It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
A doughnut without jelly is just doughnut. Sure, a it’s sweet, but you pretty much know what you’re getting at first glance. Like the jelly filled doughnut, a great picture book is full of surprises! It serves up suspense at the turn of a page. It presents quirky characters in unique settings, and ends it all in an unexpected way. The best picture books keep the reader guessing.
And what’s a burrito without meat, beans, salsa and cheese? Well, it’s a tortilla, and a tortilla is pretty flat. A great picture book has layers. It’s more than a character getting what he or she (or it) wants. It’s about the journey, the emotional highs and lows, the lessons learned, the concepts made clearer.
And nobody wants a chicken pot pie without chicken and veggies. That’s just an empty crust. Readers and listeners alike need something to stick their fork into, something to chew on. A great picture book gets us thinking about more than ourselves in our immediate surroundings. It opens a window to a bigger picture. It allows the youngest of readers to try on someone else’s shoes, to see things from an unfamiliar perspective, and to gain a greeter understanding of the world and themselves.
Fill yourself with some great reads today!