Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead. Philip C. Stead is an author. That means it’s his job to write stories. The only problem is…he doesn’t have any ideas! So instead of writing, he decides to take his dog, Wednesday, out for a walk. This is when the magic happens. Because as Mr. Stead goes on about his daily business, he discovers that ideas are actually all around. Each event in the story propels the imagination of both the author and the reader. A seemingly normal walk around town develops into an imagination-packed and thought provoking adventure. Colorful illustrations paired with Polaroid photos from the author’s actual walk interestingly juxtapose the reality of the world with fantastical imaginings. The text in this book meanders along slowly, reflective of an actual walk. The author also subtly mentions more complex ideas such as those about personal reflection, war, poverty, and environmental change. These mentions could become great discussion points for older children. Overall, this story is charming and heartwarming as it reminds us of the beauty in ordinary things. See this book listed in our catalog