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What Do You Do With an Idea? — New York Times best seller Hardcover – February 1, 2014
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|What Do You Do With an Idea? Gift Set||What You Do Matters: Box Set||What Do You Do with an Idea? Plush Egg||Idea Crown||What Do You Do With a Problem?||What Do You Do With a Chance?|
|Description||Let this enchanting gift set encourage anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea to embrace big thinking and bright dreams.||This keepsake boxed set includes the three-book series: What Do You Do With an Idea?, What Do You Do With a Problem?, and What Do You Do With a Chance?||A perfect companion to the Idea book - this idea plush is a wonderful all-ages reminder to give your ideas plenty of time, attention, and space to grow. Idea plush measures 9.5" high and weighs approximately .30 lbs.||This is your idea crown. Wear it and remind yourself to give your ideas the space they need to grow into something wonderful.||This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different indeed.||The final addition of this series inspires kids of all ages and parents alike to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. You never know when a chance, once taken, might be the one to change everything.|
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It's about a little child and his anthropomorphized idea. It shares all the struggles we have with our ideas, the pain of rejection and the joy we feel when we immerse ourselves in bringing our ideas to life. What do you do with an idea? Well that would be a spoiler, but suffice it to say, it's what I have been saying all along. I loved this book. Author Kobi Yamada did a great job of bringing this concept to its essence so that anyone can understand it and illustrator Mae Besom captures the spirit of this book fantastically.
Lastly I love that this book was written for children, but the truth is children don't need it. Children already dream and create. The real and lasting impact of this book will be fond in two ways. First that the children will hold onto it when the world begins to tell them they are too old to dream, and second that people reading this book to their children,grandchildren etc. will grasp the concept and begin to feed their ideas again.
I have so much more to say, but by now my review is probably longer than the book so I will end with three words, read this book!
If the reader peeks carefully at the little idea, one can see it begin to grow. It begins its life looking like an egg, a perfect metaphor as we wait for the idea to hatch, or break out of its confining shell. The boy's egg is a yellow-gold color that makes one think of the sun or of light...just as light illuminates, so can a nurtured idea. The discriminating reader (often an observant child!) may notice that midway into the story, the idea egg appears to be sporting a little crack, which continues to spread. Does this suggest that his idea is cracking or breaking? Oh no, reader...this little idea is about to sprout wings, burst from its shell, and take wing to change the world!
Lovely sepia colored illustrations provide a perfect backdrop for the little golden idea as it grows. This book is gorgeous on all levels -- visually, emotionally, and creatively. A perfect gift for any child, or for any adult who enjoys a reminder once in a while (like me!) about the best aspects of our humanity.