Mini-Review: This Is Sadie, Sara O’Leary & Julie Morstad (2015)

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

There’s a Little Bit of Sadie in All of Us

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through NetGalley.)

Sadie likes to make boats of boxes
and castles out of cushions.
But more than anything she likes stories,
because you can make them from nothing at all.

Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She can talk to birds, sail ships, and fly among the clouds. In her many lives, she’s been a mermaid, a boy raised by wolves, and a hero fit for the grandest fairy tales. Sadie loves stories, and this is hers.

This Is Sadie is a lovely, playful ode to the power of imagination and the transformative potential of stories. Many of Sadie’s adventures are inspired by popular children’s books – Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, and every fairy tale ever – which makes this simple picture book a wonderful tool for cultivating a love of reading at a young age. Parents and teachers can use it as a jumping off point for discussing their own favorite kid’s books, or perhaps encouraging kids to find new favorites of their own as they grow.

The sparse text, penned by Sara O’Leary, shines next to Julie Morstad’s charming illustrations, which are as beautiful as they are whimsical. It was the picture of Sadie, sporting a fox mask and staring out from a field of wildflowers, that first caught my attention. The rest of the artwork is drawn in a similar style and does not disappoint.

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