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An Imaginative Winter Walk in Pobble’s Way

November 1, 2010

Pobble’s Way
written by Simon Van Booy, illustrated by Wendy Edelson
Flashlight Press, 2010
picture book

Daddy and daughter, Pobble, crunch through the woods one snowy evening. They discover wonderous imaginings as they walk.

“Daddy smiled and pointed to a floating leaf.

“What is it, Daddy?” Pobble asked.

“It’s a butterfly raft!” he said.”

. . .

“My turn now,” Pobble called, pointing at some chubby winter mushrooms.

“Look at those, Daddy!”

“What are they?” he asked.

“Frog umbrellas!” Pobble announced.

Daddy laughed.”

The pair continue walking and imagining. When Pobble drops her pink mitten, the forest animals imitate Pobble and Daddy’s wonderful imagining. Squirrel knows that the pink mitten is cotton candy. Mouse disagrees and says it’s an emergency mouse house. Duck believes it’s a fish coat.

We imagine with Pobble, Daddy and the forest animals; we believe that something simple is more than it appears; and we know that nature is full of possibilities. I higly recommend this beautifully illustrated and narrated book and think it would make a great holiday gift. Also, the publishers provide a great parent and Teacher’s Guide here.

Book Play: Take your own nature walk. See if you can imagine like Pobble and Daddy. What could that stick be? How about the pile of dirt? Then, imagine you’re an animal from the story. Look again at everything you pass. Imagine how that animal would view it – what would the stick be now?

WIN a copy of Pobble’s Way. E-mail your name and address (to make book delivery faster) to deborah.mock@parenthood.com with “Pobble’s Way” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on November 14, 2010.

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