Caramel read Only One You by Linda Kranz at school a year ago. When the school principal came to their class meeting this week to read it to the whole class, Caramel decided he would like to review it for the blog. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell me about this book.
Caramel: It’s about these fishies. The parent fishies are talking about being independent.
S: Yes, I think it is these parent fishies that are giving some life advice to the young fish before he sets off for the wide world.
C: Yes, the young fish is named Adri.
S: So what kinds of advice does Adri get?
C: “Always be on the lookout for a new friend”, “Look for beauty wherever you are and keep the memory of it with you.”
S: Those sound like good advice.
C: There is more! “Blend in when you need to. Stand out when you have a chance.”
S: Hmm, that is also good advice.
C: There is still more!
S: Well, we can’t just write the whole list of advice here and finish the whole book!
C: Yes we can!
S: That would not be so nice Caramel. Bunnies and their parents should be able to discover what is in the book on their own.
C: But we did give away only a few.
S: Well, here is one that I liked a lot: “Set aside some quiet time to relax and reflect every day.”
S: Do you know what that means?
C: Reflect? I know what reflect means. And this means find time to think about your day a bit.
S: I think you got the gist of it!
C: And I like this one: “If something gets in your way, move around it.” The fishies are moving in a straight line and someone puts in a fishing line breaking their path. The fishies just move around it and continue their way.
S: Yes, I love how the fishies are so cute and colorful!
C: They look like they’re made of stone. Like rock art. Actually I think that the background in the pictures, when you see the ocean, is not hand-drawn. I think the backgrounds are real photos, and then someone drew colorful rock-art fishies in the front.
S: Hmm, that is very interesting! Linda Kranz, the person who created the book is a rock art expert. And by rock art, I do not mean the ancient version where people made art on rock walls or created art by putting various rocks together, but the newer one where people paint individual rocks. And it does really look like each of the fishies is an individually colored pebble.
C: There is one that looks like The Starry Night by Van Gogh! Another fish looks like it has multiple suns on it!
S: They are very colorful and distinct all of them. And the advice is really good too. I think we can read and reread this book several times and zero in on a different piece of advice every time.
S: So let us just read it again. But before that, give me three words that describe this book!
C: “Colorful”. Hmm, and there is wisdom in it…
S: So maybe “wise”?
C: Yes. And … “mixed”. There are a lot of ideas and a lot of different types of art in it. And fishies!
S: Yes, those are all true Caramel. Let us wrap this up then.
C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies reviews!