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[Saturday Reads] Portals To Otherworldly Realms Are Unlocked Through A Child’s Wondering

What do you wonder about?


Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

I Wonder (Amazon | Book Depository)

Written by K. A. Holt Foreword by Kenard Pak
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (2019)
ISBN: 1524714224 (ISBN13: 9781524714222). Borrowed from Singapore NLB Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

I am often taken by stories that depict these wondering musings about the world, as told through the eyes of a child. Perhaps it reminds me of the child my daughter had been (she turned 18 a few weeks ago, so hardly a child now, but still my baby), and sometimes the inquisitive child I had once been.


This picturebook with the soft, whimsical art of Kenard Pak (fairly reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s style) is lyrical and subdued, the questions bordering on the philosophical, even.


In fact, each question can serve as a mentor text for teachers who wish to use this with older children, encouraging them to think about borderless answers, and craft universes of answers birthed from the richness of their imagination. Or children could likewise be encouraged to share questions that they may hesitate to ask adults for fear that they may be rebuffed, ignored, or considered a nuisance.


This picturebook is a lovely celebration of truly seeing the world through a child’s eye. After all, the portals of fantasia are unlocked by a child’s quiet wondering. 

#ReadIntl2020 Update: Illustrator is neither White nor of European parentage. Both author and illustrator are from the USA.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Saturday Reads] Portals To Otherworldly Realms Are Unlocked Through A Child’s Wondering

  1. These are such charming questions. And the illustrations are captivating.

    Liked by 1 person

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