Wu Chen Recommends...Petra

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Petra by Marianna Coppo

My older kid found this book amidst the stacks at our neighbourhood library and insisted it was included in those we borrowed. It’s due to be returned very soon, but I’m so very glad that they found it.

As an ode to the imagination, to dreams, to self-esteem, to positivity, and to joy, it is a sublime and wondrous experience. Marianna Coppo’s sparse, simple and potent words are enhanced by illustrations that are beautifully framed, effective and narrative-rich in themselves. At the same time, it could also be read as a call to capitulation and passivity in the face of overwhelming force: it’s all in how you choose to present it.

For that reason alone, it’s worth reading and considering how one would present this book to another - especially a young and impressionable another.

Petra at the Hennepin County Library: