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I is for Inspire and Imagine

As the days progress, I am looking for new ways to inspire and imagine. And it is true what they say – Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. We are finding news ways to be inspired and our imaginations are taking us places, conjuring up words, things, arts and dishes!!

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw

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The Books

I am Leonardo da Vinci

Book Info

Title: I am Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Brad Meltzer
Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos
Publishers:Dial Books
Pub Date: April 14, 2020
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Art
Age-Range: 5 to 8 years (and up)
Source:Edelweiss eARC

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My Thoughts

This is one of many books in a series titled Ordinary People Change the World. I am glad I got introduced to the series through this book. Now I am looking forward to reading the others as well, each of which is a wonderful way to introduce kids to important people throughout history.

I am Leonardo Da Vinci is a comic book ‘auto’biography of da Vinci that takes the reader on a journey from when he was a young one up until today, as we look at his art in museums. This book is full of great information, and written, as you might have noted, as if da Vinci is talking to the reader. And Christopher Eliopoulos’ illustrations along with many of da Vinci’s original artwork enhance the reading (and learning) experience.

While I always knew he was multi-talented, reading this fun and chock-full of information book made me realize that fact yet again, and I did learn many new and interesting things about him.

In Summary

Yes! A book truly worth having in your library! Fun and informational choice to inspire your imagination!

Note: while the age range mentioned for the book is 5 – 8 years, I believe even older kids (and adults) will enjoy and learn as they read this one.

“Nothing amazing happens by thinking like everyone else.”

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for the original eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading this cool book.

I Dream of a Journey

Book Info

Title: I Dream of a Journey
Author/Illustrator: Akiko Miyakoshi
Publishers: Kids Can Press
Pub Date: 03 Mar 2020
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: 4 – 8 years
Source: NetGalley/Edelweiss eARC

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My Thoughts

Wow! This was the first thought I had on seeing the illustrations in this book. Akiko Miyakoshi’s artwork is dreamy and stunning and gorgeous all at the same time. That is just not all – while the artwork wows the reader, the text tells us a sweet story of a gentle critter who loves his town and loves taking care of the guests at the Solitude Hotel. His guests’ stories intrigue him and inspire him, taking him on journeys in dreamland, literally.

The art takes us between reality and his dreams by moving from soft black and white to gentle pastel colors; and the details told through the illustrations are many and surprising and sweet!! Readers will find a lot to look for in these details that are sure to delight (for example, the tack board where he hangs all the postcards he gets from around the world). All the illustrations – whether they are black and white ones or the colors – seem to have a glow of their own.

A book that will appeal to readers of all ages, both for its message of imagination and the need for adventure, as well as its stunning illustrations.

In Summary

This book brings new meaning to the need for adventure and traveling while being where you are! It is sure to be a stunning addition to any bookshelf and a true to be appreciated gift as well!

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Edelweiss and NetGalley as well as the publishers for the original eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading this beautiful book.

My ‘I’ Stack Book

Not as many.. hmmm, I wonder!

The Books

  • Incredible Body
  • I Spy Chrismas: A Book of Picture Riddles
  • The Illustrated Treasury of Fairy Tales
  • Indian-Inspired Delights
  • I Love Chocolate! Cookbook
  • An Incomplete Education
  • I Must Say: On English, the News, and Other Matters
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Interpreter of Maladies
  • I am the Messenger
  • Ivanhoe
  • India the Moonstone Fairy
  • Ida B
  • The Indian in the Cupboard

Quick Notes

I have read many of these books; and Hugo is certainly a favorite!

The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.
Marcel Proust

Random Thing(s) for ‘I’ Day

Probably derived from higgledy-piggledy, an igsy-pigsy is a confused muddle or mixture (seems like I am continuing my muddled words list!)

And now, the end of this post

So, dear reader, as always, a couple of questions for you. Have you read any of the pictured books in my ā€˜Iā€™ stack? Any comments on them? Any interesting ā€˜Iā€™ words or facts for me?

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
Kobe Bryant

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7 thoughts on “I is for Inspire and Imagine

  1. What a great quote by Kobe Bryant!

    And I am finally going to ask… Do you go through your bookshelves and pull out each one dor the letter of the day, or are they already in alphabetic order?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Paul, I am using this time to organize my books – so going through all the bookshelves and pulling them out each day.. šŸ™‚
      (as for being in order, no chance of that happening even post this)

  2. Great post and amazing reviews, these books looks and sounds like an adorable and very cute books. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading these books. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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