What Do You Do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada [Review]

Posted September 29, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

What Do You Do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada [Review]What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom
Published by Compendium Inc on February 1st 2014
Genres: Children's, Picture Book
Pages: 36
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This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started.

My Thoughts

As an elementary school language arts teacher, I’m constantly reading children’s books, constantly scanning the children’s section at Barnes & Noble, and constantly looking for books that will hold my students’ interest while also passing on a valuable message.

This book is it.

Honestly, it’s amazing. I loved reading it, and my students loved hearing me read it aloud. Not only that, but they were able to understand the meaning behind the story. And the message in the story is so, so important. So often, in an education community increasingly focused on standardized test scores and creating “cookie-cutter kids”, kids’ creativity and imagination fall to the wayside far too young. It was so refreshing to read a book that fostered creativity and sticking with your ideas.

For me, the most beautiful parts of this story are the illustrations. They’re stunning and detailed. More than once, I caught one of my middle school students flipping through the pages, admiring the drawings on each page. My elementary kids adored following the “idea egg” around on each page and watching the colors grow. I wish I could read this book to them every day.

Honestly, this book is incredible. I’m sure I’ll be reading it for years to come, both as a reminder for my students and for myself.



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