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Author: Portis, Antoinette
Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/17)
School Library Journal (+) (06/01/17)
Booklist (+) (05/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/17)
The Hornbook (+) (00/07/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2017 *Starred Review* In this lovely picture book about everyday moments worth cherishing, a young girl shares some of her favorite things: “This is my favorite breeze. / This is my favorite leaf. / This is my favorite hole because it’s the one I am digging.” Relishing the present, she shares experiences that may appear inconsequential to some, but to her, each circumstance is deeply special. Her favorite things include singing, watching the clouds, playing in the rain, and smelling a flower, all culminating in spending storytime in her mother’s lap. With a comforting refrain and plenty of familiar scenes, this pleasant, warm story of mindfulness and small joys will resonate with lots of little ones. Portis’ graceful, straightforward lines are the perfect complement to her bold, richly hued illustrations. Thick, ink-brushed outlines make her genial figures stand out sharply against the simple backgrounds, and the variety of facial expressions effortlessly communicates the young girl’s carefree happiness. While the story itself is simple, just like the moments the little girl values, Portis’ picture book contains Zen-like depth, and she taps into a uniquely childlike kind of wonder about the world. Cozy and subtly profound, this is perfect for one-on-one sharing. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—A young girl names all her favorite things as she joyfully lives out her days. "This is my favorite mud…my favorite rain." Other treasured objects include a worm and a paper boat. Mostly, the girl loves these things because they are what she is experiencing in the moment. For example, of the several holes she's dug, her favorite is "the one [she] is digging" now. Her favorite cloud is the one she's watching. But the child's favorite "now" of all is the one she is enjoying as she reads a book with her mom. Depicted in flat paintings outlined in thick ink and digitally colored, the illustrations sometimes depict just parts of the narrator. For instance, only her legs and feet are shown as they squelch in her favorite mud. Just her hands reach up from the bottom of the page, revealing her favorite worm. A striking, larger-than-life image in a spread (and on the cover) shows the girl holding a red leaf in front of her face. Portis uses color brilliantly, matching the youngster's clothing to the scenes and objects around her: the pale blue of the wind echoed in her skirt and top, brown striped pants above mud-covered feet, two-toned green shirt and pants matching the two shades of her favorite tree. VERDICT This childlike ode to the delights of living each moment to the fullest is an absolute charmer and, like Portis's Wait, may even encourage adults to notice and relish the world around them. An essential purchase for group and individual sharing.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.