When I was at The Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio, my good friend Lori Carter spied this book:
I remember setting the book on a table and poring over the brilliant illustrations and the poetic text:
Lori bought the store’s only copy, but I knew right away that I needed to buy this book for my classroom library. Imagine my delight when I found out that the book I had seen was part of a series, which I had to order right away.
I can see sharing these books as read alouds first, and lingering over the illustrations so that my students can see the way the initial drawings transform into something entirely unexpected and wonderful, even as the text begins with an imagining and transforms it into something entirely new:
Imagine a world…
…where each word,
each turn of a page in a book
is the beginning of a bigger idea.
I think this “Imagine if..” could be a wonderful idea for a writing prompt, especially at the beginning of the school year when students are often struggling for notebook ideas.
Yesterday, Imagine A Night arrived and I savored its pages, carefully. They took me back to last summer, and our first night at the farm. We sat on the front steps with our dog Sophie, watching the stars and taking in the quiet. The Washington County quiet, when we can hear every leaf rustle, and even (at times) the stars twinkle. From somewhere in the woods we heard the hoot of an owl, the rush of water in the creek below, and the ripple of waves of cornstalks swaying. So many lovely, quiet sounds we’d never heard before…and have been imagining ever since.