And here we have another gorgeous book that just stole my heart. I know you may think I say that often, but remember that we read a ton and I'm very picky. Only the most special books we come across make the cut! And This is Sadie is one to treasure. Any book that imparts a love of story and imagination with a beautiful narrative and whimsical illustrations receives the highest of marks in my world. It is no easy feat, but these two, Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad, nailed it.
If you haven't been able to tell, I simply love books that celebrate creativity. This is Sadie, through casual yet precise text, takes the reader through Sadie's otherwise mundane day that becomes adventurous and magical through nothing more than Sadie's power of imagination. With each turn of the page, we see how books transform Sadie's ordinary experiences into extraordinary adventures. These adventures - through the sky and water and even wonderland- defy gender constructs as Sadie becomes a fairy with wings and then a boy raised by animals in the wilderness. The reader is sucked into the story through the narrator's fun and almost irreverent questions that encourage kids to view themselves and the world around them through creative eyes. And let's not forget the exquisite illustrations. Morstad's lush watercolor pictures are equal parts enchanting and captivating, breathing beauty into the most routine parts of a commonplace day. This book is a treasure for girls and boys alike, and I guarantee that it will become one of your child's most precious and sought after reads. Run, don't walk, to the nearest book store and bring this story home!!
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