Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Cynthia Platt
Illustrator:  Olivia Holden 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Amicus Ink, 2018   ISBN: 978-1681522395

One day a girl is walking past an open lot in her city when she gets an idea. It is only “a little seed of an idea,” but it has the potential to become a lot more. She gathers together some supplies and then comes to the open lot and gets to work digging up weeds. Soon she is joined by other people who bring gardening tools with them. Her little idea begins to grow, just like a little seed grows into a plant.

More and more people join the effort, and it isn’t long before people are coming to the cleaned up open space, which is starting to look rather like a park now, to gather and socialize as well as to work.

Sometimes one idea leads to another idea and this is just what happens in this instance. After they have cleared up the space, the people decide to take the next step. The workers sow seeds, water them, and together they make something wonderful happen.

Children often think that they are too little or too young to make a difference in this world. The good news is that this is not true. At all. Everybody is capable of coming up with a good idea that makes the world a better place.

In this wonderful picture book children will see how a small, modest idea becomes something big and beautiful. Not only is an empty city lot transformed, but a community comes together for the best of reasons.