4 out of 4 stars
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What am I? Your Wild Imagination, by Stephen Thiele, is a children’s book that aims to develop the imagination of children through a collection of short stories — or better-said — short riddles. The author got the inspiration to write this brain-teasing piece from one of his babysitting sessions with his four grandchildren: Ruby, Lacey, Matilda, and Louise.
What was special about this read was this ingenious, clever, and playful game that the author instigated to further his grandchildren’s education. I reconnected with my inner child during this traditional riddle-game, and the animated photographs made it more interesting by providing visual clues to the riddles’ answers. At the same time, through these pictures, the author introduces us to his family members, including his grandchildren who brought their own contributions to this creative work. These wonderful aspects left me with no choice but to give a resounding 4 out of 4-star rating.
The writer has perfectly blended different stories involving plants, animals, and other inanimate objects to create a light read that can help children become more creative with their thoughts by expanding their imaginations and writing their own short stories in the form of riddles. One of my favorites was the ninja turtles riddle, reminding me of my childhood friends, Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo.
We all know how important grammar is in a children’s book, and this amusing piece seems to be professionally edited as I didn’t notice any errors. I would recommend this rib-tickling book to parents and educators who handle innocent souls between 7 and 10 years old. Yet again, I must admit that being an adult wouldn’t stop me from playing it too.
The first volume already created an addictive feeling; it’s entertaining, thought-provoking, and engaging. I’m looking forward to reading Volume II with great anticipation so that I can get a complete dose of the fun.
What am I
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