‘You Are My Wonders’ is a gentle nudge into world of learning


You Are My Wonders,” by Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa, Philomel Books, July 5, 2012, Hardcover, $16.99 (ages 3 and up)

Being the last week of August, many children have already started back to school. Youngsters just starting or about to start preschool may be a bit apprehensive heading into a new experience, but “You Are My Wonders” may be a way to help calm their fears.

Teacher welcomes her students to school. She rings the school bell and leads music time. Students show and tell and make art from blank paper. There is story time and silliness. Students play games and plant seeds, and at then end of the day, excitedly hurry home.

“You Are My Wonders” is a gentle nudge into the world of learning. Maryann Cusimano Love’s text is loving, yet simple: “I am your calm; you are my thunder. I am your wisdom; you are my wonders.” It has a calming affect as the mysteries of school unfold. Satomi Ichikawa’s artwork is at once welcoming and familiar. Much the same as playtime around the world, stuffed animals are the stand ins for children, and much silliness ensues.

Maryann offers a number of activities related to this book on her website.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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