On nice and sunny Sundays, Elsie goes fishing with her six siblings. But she doesn’t quite fit in. They want to walk through the woods, but she wants to walk along the water. They like to cast their fishing rods directly into the water, but she prefers to use buttercups as bait. They eat their sandwiches, while Elsie feeds them to the ducks. But by the end of the day, Elsie’s siblings realize that though they may see the world differently, they can learn from their unique perspectives and love one another all the same. This sweet sibling story gently introduces young readers to important themes like diversity and acceptance and encourages us all to widen our worldviews and open our hearts.
What I loved: The illustrations here are really detailed and full of interesting things to look at. Elsie is a whimsical and cute character whose personality comes through the story well. The book has an interesting rhythm to the text, with each of the siblings saying something before Elsie, and then all responding in chorus to her. The book is really easy to read with large and clear font printed in black on white at the edge of each page. There is also some encouragement to celebrate a different way of doing things, because it may achieve great results.
What left me wanting more: Each page is pretty lengthy in terms of writing, and it's somewhat tough to have seven main characters who speak on every page in terms of identifying them and following along easily. However, with each reread, this does become easier.
Final verdict: Overall, ELSIE is a lovely picture book that celebrates the unique way each person tackles life. With lush and detailed illustrations and an adorable main character, this is a great read for the preschool and young elementary school-aged audience.