This Is a Story

This Is a Story
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March 14, 2023
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This is a word on a page.
This is a page in a book.
This is a book on a shelf . . . waiting.

With a sea-horse kite in hand, a child heads out with Dad to the library. On the way they stop at a park, joining lots of people, some of whom are flying kites, too. At the library, a person toting a big pile of books hands over a story on a favorite subject: the sea horse. All around, there are readers poring over books, each with their own questions, ideas to explore, hopes for the future, and imaginations ready to spark. With a warm, lyrical text and tenderly expressive illustrations, John Schu and Lauren Castillo invite us to imagine the myriad ways that books can foster connection and understanding—and how they can empower children, through their own passions, to transform the world.

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This Is a Story is the second book by librarian-turned-author John Schu. In this book, we learn how a story is formed and how readers find books to read.

In the book, the story begins with a word, moves to a word on a page, and then moves to the next word on the page until we get a book. The world is filled with readers and with books waiting their turn to be read. It shows how libraries connect these readers to books.

Lauren Castillo is an award-winning illustrator and her talent is evident throughout this book. My son appreciated the little details, such as the illustrated books being actual titles he knew. Since he has read books like The One and Only Ivan and Shark Lady, he felt a connection with the illustrated readers.

This Is a Story has such a simple story line, but it also leaves a lot of room for the readers to think and imagine their own stories they may write or want to read.
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