medium-2.jpgA philosophical and hopeful picture book, Life, by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel, honors life, growth and change. The book starts with a small plant, and a small elephant, and takes us on a journey through days and animal habitats (Interestingly, the book is portrait-oriented, perhaps meant to focus our eyes on the animal characters, though the prose is decidedly a journey through life, which usually lends itself to a landscape-oriented book).

Life is not only a celebration of life, but an ode to the hard times: There will probably be a stretch of wilderness now and then. Rylant doesn’t skim over these wilderness patches; she does encourage us to see the vast growth around us and that it’s worth it to wake up just to see what’s changed.

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