Review: I Wonder

Written by Annaka Harris, illustrated by John Rowe.

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I Wonder, written by Annaka Harris, illustrated by John Rowe.

About: This book was written to provide an example of admitting “I don’t know”. It’s big on emotional intelligence, honesty, the idea that some questions are bigger than we are, and that some ideas are so big that nobody knows the answer to them. There’s a great sense of wonder and mystery, beautifully underscored by the luminescent and spacious semi-realistic artwork. A great gateway-to-science book.

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Then, she notices there are butterflies everywhere! “Mama, where did all of these butterflies come from?”

Good things:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Wonder and mystery
  • Luminescent beautiful artwork that could easily stand alone from the book
  • Supportive parental/adult relationship with a present parent
  • Gateway to science and natural philosophy
  • Admitting “I don’t know”
  • Includes change – the idea that things in life (including ourselves!) change and don’t stay the same