A Page in the Wind
by José Sanabria
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by NorthSouth Books
Goodreads Description: A whimsical and moving story about discovering your purpose by José Sanabria. The last little newspaper on a newsstand wonders what its life will be like until a gust of wind sends its individual pages flying. Each page travels to a different place and experiences a vastly different life—from being used to clean a mirror and line the cage of a pet to being formed into a boat by a child and sheltering a homeless person from the cold—until, at last, the final page finds it’s true calling. Sanabria’s expressive art and thoughtful story reflect many ways our lives can be touched.
My Thoughts: Does the printed page have a life its own, feelings, a voice? As you browse through the pages of this book to look into the life of a newspaper, you will come to believe it does, and endearingly so! In today’s world where the printed newspaper is likely becoming part of a past, this book makes it a forever thing. Through its magical pages filled with detailed illustrations that are simply exquisite, the book lends a human voice to the newspaper – sometimes humorous, at others desolate, and a gamut of other emotions, just like life.
It made me smile, made me feel nostalgic, made me feel sad, and made me feel ‘me’. The limited text says a lot in conjunction with the detailed frame-worthy illustrations. The reader can simply enjoy the newspaper’s journey while reading out aloud with an younger audience and explore the illustrations in depth – play ‘I Spy’ games on each page. Or with older kids, and even adults, the book can become so much more – an exercise in exploring life, in perspectives, in ‘what are we here for’ questions, discovering how many ways can we help others, and more.
My 15 yo says:In his words, ‘Reading A Page in the Wind made me realize that oftentimes, we can find our true purpose in the random-est of moments‘ (not sure if my review was needed after this profound statement from my teen!)
My 12 yo says: In her words, ‘Cute story with detailed illustrations that each person reading the book can interpret in so many ways’
A Page in the Wind is definitely a gift-able book.
- For the youngest kids: explore how many different ways a newspaper can be used (starting with the ones mentioned in the book) and ‘I Spy’ games with the pages
- For older ones: explore the actual journey of a newspaper – from the reporting to the presses to the readers; explore all those heavy ‘life’ parallel questions!
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8 (and older kids, adults too – we are an older audience for this book!)
Reread Level: 5/5 — definitely worth going back again to enjoy the illustrations and discover new details each time.
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