Something Wonderful by Raewyn Caisley
Published by Penguin Books
Something wonderful arrived in the mail today, the children’s picture book Something Wonderful by Raewyn Caisley.
Sam is a thoughtful daydreaming kid and inventor. Thanks to his mother, Sam is allowed to spend time dreaming and planning and PLAYING. Through play he works out various scientific principles and through foraging around he recycles old things back into use in a new and imaginative way.
The first thing that takes your breath away is the illustrations – beautiful charcoal and watercolours that capture Sam, his family and the West Australian countryside. The images marry perfectly with the gentle poignant story.
His free-range childhood allows him to come up with solutions to life’s inconveniences like chores. He devises a machine that can complete them for him! By his own hand he create something wonderful.
There is a message for us adults too, we live in age where kids spend a lot of time using technical devices and we fill their time with value adding extra curriculum activities. Of course there is a place for everything but Sam’s mother provides a stable simple life of hands on experience and exploration. He is confident to keep trying until he succeeds for he wants to feel useful.
I think this book has a powerful message and it’s delivered quietly and thoughtfully.
Play is a powerful part in a child’s development. Let them learn through play!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Raewyn Caisley
Illustrator: Karen Blair
Title: Something Wonderful
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Published: February 2016