Titles offering imagination, subtle messages

“The secret of the magic pearl”, by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.

The wonder of childhood is overflowing with enthusiasm and imagination. These qualities are what make children so enjoyable to be around; they see life through an intact lens.

Nurturing a child’s imagination on a daily basis can allow them to maintain that enthusiasm and imagination throughout their life. This type of “daily” exercise comes from many sources, including free play and reading imaginative books together. This is the case with the books examined below.

We all have the ability to keep the child within us, regardless of our age. Despite the blows life can take from time to time, being enthusiastic and imaginative about today and tomorrow is a vital skill. Teaching this to children from an early age is a real gift.

Books to borrow

The following book is available in many public libraries.

“The sliding card” by NE Bode, HarperCollins, 273 pages

Read aloud: 9 years and over.

Read for yourself: 9-10 years and over.

Oyster R. Motel was dropped off at the convent gate when he was a baby. The nuns’ way of life is all Oyster knows, and that translates to a pretty boring existence. So it’s no surprise that Oyster dreams of another world, full of excitement and everything a boy could want.

When Oyster meets the Mapkeeper, she hands him a map of her imagination, a map that is very small and lacks detail. The Mapkeeper tells Oyster he has a big imagination, but he hasn’t let it go yet. “You have to be ready to work your imagination to become something. “

Soon after, Oyster hears a distant voice and a gust of wind beckons him, leading him into someone else’s make-believe world where he’s supposed to save this world from the iron grip of a mighty power. Maleficent.

Completely engaging, great fun, and just the right amount of suspense, this wildly imaginative story will take readers on a wonderful ride.

The librarian’s choice

Library: Stark County District Library, North Branch Library, 189 25th St. NW, Township

Executive director: Mary ellen icaza

Senior Director of Public Services: Jen Welsh

Agency Director : Catherine ferrero

Choice this week: “Fish Food” by Andy Mansfield; “Babies on the bus”, by Karen Katz; “A wrinkle in time” by Madeline L’Engle

Books to buy

The following books are available at favorite bookstores.

“The secret of the magic pearl”, by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, translated from Italian by Christopher Turner, Red Comet Press, 2021, 92 pages, $ 21.99 hardcover

Read aloud: 6 to 10 years old.

Read for yourself: from 8 to 10 years old.

Hector’s father was a scuba diver and Hector planned to follow in his footsteps when he grew up. For many generations, Hector’s family was a family of sailors, and owned and operated the marina where divers came from up and down the coast to participate in the marina’s underwater explorations. Unfortunately, the marina went bankrupt when Amedeo Limonta moved next door and built Rivadoro – a huge new resort offering similar diving expeditions and boat rides at prices much cheaper than the marina.

Limonta was a shady character who didn’t give a damn about the sea. What interested him was money, and rumor had it that Limonta intended to find the magnificent, rare and elusive Pearl who lived on the seabed. sailors off the marina and sell it. When Hector actually discovered the Pearl on his first deep sea dive, a series of events unfolded that prompted Hector to muster his courage and do what was necessary for the Pearl, the sea, his family and his future.

Wonderfully imaginative, magical, and packed with stunning illustrations, “Secret of the Magic Pearl” is everything a great story should be and more.

“In the meadow of fantasies”, by Hadi Mohammadi; illustrated by Nooshin Safakho.

“In the meadow of fantasies”, by Hadi Mohammadi, illustrated by Nooshin Safakhoo, translated from Persian by Sara Khalili, Elsewhere Editions, 2021, 40 pages, $ 20 hardcover

Read aloud: 4-7 years.

Read for yourself: 6-7 years old.

A young girl lying in her bed looks at her horse mobile which ignites her imagination and her fantasies. Carried away by her imaginations, she sets off on great adventures with the seven magnificent horses. What she quickly realizes is that six of the horses have their own color, their own house, their dreams and fantasies, but the Seventh Horse has none of those things.

With the help of the girl, the six horses selflessly share what they have with the seventh horse, and eventually the girl’s world becomes full of color and life.

“In the Meadow of Fantasies” is a softly deep book about sharing, imagination and caring for others.

Kendal A. Rautzhan

Kendal A. Rautzhan

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Books to Borrow … Books to Buy: Titles with Imagination, Subtle Messages

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