Life

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.

About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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