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The Most Creative Book of the Year!,
This review is from: Only One You (Hardcover)
Kranz, Linda. Only One You. Flagstaff, AZ: Rising Moon, 2006.
Linda Kranz has successfully enticed many thousands of young people (and adults) into the creative habit of journal keeping with her extremely successful and wide array of innovative journals that commenced with All About Me (Northland, 1996; Rising Moon, 2004). She has also created the ingenious arts and crafts book Let's Rock! Rock Painting for Kids (NorthWord Press, 2003). Now, Kranz has essentially fused these two seemingly dissimilar activities - journaling and rock painting -- into a particularly thoughtful and imaginative manner with Only One You. The book has many virtues, both verbal and visual, and is strikingly beautiful in both its concept and design. The neon-brightness of the richly colorful illustrations may well remind both children and adults of the wildly popular Walt Disney film of a few seasons past, Finding Nemo (2003).
Only One You brings together in one very special volume -- just made to perfectly fit into the small hands of children -- the provocative thinking Kranz invites young people to share via her wonderful journal prompts. It is illustrated handsomely with a veritable ocean of painted rock fish. The story is simple so that even very young children will be able to follow the hero, Adri, on his first solo voyage out into the vast watery blue ocean. Adri has been well educated and mentored by loving parents who have shared valuable, lifetime and life-sustaining lessons: "Always be on the lookout for a new friend," and "Appreciate art. It's all around you." These loving messages of hope and goodness offer gentle guidance on how to live a good, rewarding, and worthy life. They are simply stated, but that makes them no less profound as life guides.
Adri's journal, the account of his journey into adulthood and independence, is wonderfully illustrated with a myriad of gorgeous "rock" fish all sharing the great, deep blue seas of the world. The book is handsomely designed and Kranz's trademark "rock fish" have never been more exquisite. The juxtaposition of painstakingly painted rocks, an art form that surely must be as ancient as cave paintings and petroglyphs, combined with digitalized 21st century computer-generated oceanic backgrounds is simultaneously spectacular and stimulating.
The great joy of Only One You is that it speaks to readers of all ages. Both wise elders as well as first-time readers will all find that this small yet powerful volume speaks directly and lovingly to them in uniquely personal ways. Giving copies of Only One You to loved ones is itself an act of both love and wisdom. Readers of all ages will find their own special place in Adri's vast, blue world.