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Monday, March 13, 2017

5 Picture Books That Emphasize the Power of Perspective

Recognizing and exploring perspective can facilitate understanding and powerful connection. In the 5 picture books highlighted below, readers will explore perspective in unique and sometimes unexpected ways!

The Catawampus Cat
Jason Carter Eaton / Gus Gordon

In this lovable story from Eaton and Gordon, a peculiar and crooked cat saunters into a new town. As the townspeople spot the newcomer and are pulled from their routines, a refreshing change in perspective inspires connection and new insights. Gordon’s charming illustrations paired with the humorous and thoughtful story make for a delightful package.

A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler

The first book from Donaldson and Scheffler, the duo behind treasured stories like The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, introduces readers to a little old lady bemoaning the lack of space in her small house. Instructed by a wise man to invite a hen, a goat, a pig, and a cow inside, she gains a new perspective and learns a valuable lesson. Adapted from a classic folktale and only recently back in print, readers will find humor and wisdom within these pages.

A Perfect Day
Lane Smith

What begins as perfect day for many - including a cat, a dog, a bird, and a squirrel - soon turns to disarray as a bear lumbers onto the scene. Through this visually striking book, readers will discover that perfection and the things that bring joy may not be the same for all. 
One Minute
Somin Ahn
"Sometimes, one minute is short," shares a small girl as she joyously rides a carousel. And then, as she braves a dentist's prodding, "Sometimes, one minute is long." As illustrated by this quietly resonant picture book debut, a minute can be short, long, important, uneventful, and so much more depending on the perspective from which you experience it.

 Over and Under the Pond
Kate Messner / Christopher Silas Neal
Indiebound / Amazon

This third book from collaborators Messner and Neal treats readers to change in physical perspective as a mother and son explore the differences in sights both over and under a pond teeming with life. Challenging readers to look beyond the water's surface at the ecosystem as a cooperative and meaningful whole.

Do you have favorite picture books that celebrate the power of perspective? 
Let me know in the comments!


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