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Now Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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PreS-Gr 1—A young girl names all her favorite things as she joyfully lives out her days. "This is my favorite mud…my favorite rain." Other treasured objects include a worm and a paper boat. Mostly, the girl loves these things because they are what she is experiencing in the moment. For example, of the several holes she's dug, her favorite is "the one [she] is digging" now. Her favorite cloud is the one she's watching. But the child's favorite "now" of all is the one she is enjoying as she reads a book with her mom. Depicted in flat paintings outlined in thick ink and digitally colored, the illustrations sometimes depict just parts of the narrator. For instance, only her legs and feet are shown as they squelch in her favorite mud. Just her hands reach up from the bottom of the page, revealing her favorite worm. A striking, larger-than-life image in a spread (and on the cover) shows the girl holding a red leaf in front of her face. Portis uses color brilliantly, matching the youngster's clothing to the scenes and objects around her: the pale blue of the wind echoed in her skirt and top, brown striped pants above mud-covered feet, two-toned green shirt and pants matching the two shades of her favorite tree. VERDICT This childlike ode to the delights of living each moment to the fullest is an absolute charmer and, like Portis's Wait, may even encourage adults to notice and relish the world around them. An essential purchase for group and individual sharing.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA
FIVE STARRED REVIEWS FOR NOW!
*"Portis perfectly captures how children experience the world, the immediacy and magic of it all; exuberant and quiet, simple and complex, and extremely satisfying." - Kirkus Review, starred review
*"Thoughtful without being preachy and meditative without being boring, Now should prove to be a favorite for today―and well into the future."―Horn Book, starred review
*"This childlike ode to the delights of living each moment to the fullest is an absolute charmer and, like Portis’s Wait, may even encourage adults to notice and relish the world around them. An essential purchase for group and individual sharing."―School Library Journal, starred review
*"Sweet, charming and destined to be a favorite."―Shelf Awareness, starred review
*"Cozy and subtly profound, this is perfect for one-on-one sharing."―Booklist, starred review
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The book is pure simplicity with its concept and the art. The concept is used throughout the book, the writing straight forward and also celebrating something deeper too. It’s about a connection to the present moment and a joy in just spending time doing exactly what you are doing and loving it.
The art of the picture book also speaks to the connection with the now. Done in thick lines and rich matte colors, the illustrations show the playful nature of simple pleasures in life.
Perfect for those of us who love the book we are reading right now most of all, this picture book is about simple pleasures and enjoying the current moment fully. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Read this and then listen to the Rogers & Hammerstein song "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things," they go together quite well. The book reminds us to take pleasure in the small delights that can be found in the world. I can see why this book is being tossed around as a possible Caldecott contender. The illustrations are bold and bright, but also simple and Portis does a lot with unique perspectives. If you're having a bad day, or know a little one having a bad day. Pick this up and brainstorm some favorites you can find. I guarantee it'll brighten your day.