Picture Book Month‘s theme of the day today is Imagination and I couldn’t have the more perfect book to share with you!
Just Imagine by by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart is one of my top 5 picture books of 2012. Ever since we first heard rumours about a follow up book to another family favourite by the same team, You Choose, we were waiting like kids for Christmas.
A book full of story starters, eye-openers and first steps on adventure, each double page spread in Just Imagine invites its readers to think what it would be like to be someone or something else. Imagine being magical, being a pet, living underground, or being just a few centimetre tall. What would it be like to live in the sea, or the sky? Where would you choose to time travel to?
Just Imagine asks its readers to take the most inviting flights of fancy, with just a few open ended questions and then a panoply of bold, bright and often funny illustrations to pick and choose from, to be inspired by. Imagine instead of a sweetie shop, an ideas shop – one you could enter and instantly feel excited by the possibilities – that’s exactly what Just Imagine is like.
A wonderful book for starting conversations, suggesting stories, and for developing a sense of empathy by encouraging readers to think what it is like to step into the shoes of others, this is a book I would love to see in every home and every primary school.
The arrival of Just Imagine was the perfect excuse to tidy up and revamp our dressing-up supplies; what easier way is there to imagine yourself into another character or place than by dressing up?
Our top 10 items for inclusion in or near a dressing up box are:-
Whilst I love to sew, I’m no good at making costumes (unlike the amazing Ikat Bag). But, I do do a nice line in cloaks and capes. I got a whole load of curtain samples very cheap from John Lewis once, and they make the most brilliant regal cloaks or even super hero capes with just the addition of a brooch, or a simply sewn on hook and eye.
Dressing up storage is always a problem for us. I’ve seen lots of lovely ideas, but always end up using the “stuff back in a drawer” solution… Still, if we had more space, and more time for tidying up, then I might go for this DIY dressing up storage cupboard from Learn with Play at home, or this DIY foldable rack from Smile and Wave.
For one last word (or few) on dressing up I’d like to quote Cathy at NurtureStore: “Bear in mind your own approach to this kind of play. Dressing up is one area of play where I often see adults treating girls and boys differently. Do you offer children different costumes depending on whether they’re a boy or girl? Maybe you can have all the resources available and let the children decide who they’re going to be?”
Whilst dressing up you might enjoy listening to:
Other activities which would go well alongside reading this book include:
Wishing you a day full of imagination!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book I’ve reviewed today from the publisher. I was under no obligation to review the books and I received no money for this post.