Little Wonder (Hardcover)
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A mama's wishes for her brave Little Wonder tell a tale as old as time in a whole new world perfect for new graduates, gift-givers, and anyone who wants to share a splash of courage with a loved one.
Wake up, Little Wonder! The whole wide world awaits you!
A love letter from a mother to her child accompanies him on a journey of unbelievable fantasies. It's a day full of breathtaking adventures, exciting twists and turns, and unexpected friends. With an imagination stronger than the tide and a mama's love deeper than the ocean, Little Wonder can do anything he believes he can.
And he will!
The positive messaging of this book, its gorgeous marine setting, and the gentle, reassuring narration will resonate with parents, grandparents, and children alike, with the universal appeal of undersea adventures setting all imaginations on fire. Adults will be attracted to the book's encouragement of open-mindedness and determination in the face of uncertainty, and kids will love the lush illustrations and call to fantastical adventures.
A BOOK FOR EVERY KIND OF KID: This book will appeal to young readers who love underwater worlds, fantasy and adventure.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR BABY SHOWERS AND GRADUATIONS: Like The Wonderful Things You Will Be but set at sea, this book is the perfect baby shower gift, or preschool or kindergarten graduation present!
TIMELY, REASSURING MESSAGE: This sweet story offers an inspiring, reassuring message: we can choose to meet new experiences with flexibility and grit. Young readers will be encouraged to embrace new challenges.
A GREAT READ-ALOUD: The positive messages, the gorgeous underwater setting, and the calm, soothing narration will spark imagination and enthrall children at story-time and read-aloud events.
YOU ALREADY LOVE CLAIRE KEANE! If you loved Enchanted, Tangled, or Frozen, you've been admiring Claire Keane's work for years. Her family is full of artists—including her grandfather Bil Keane, the creator of Family Circus—and she spent many years in the animation world before becoming an illustrator.
AMAZING ART FOR LOVERS OF THE SEA: The art gorgeously captures ocean-floor environments, depicts sea creatures both mythic and real, and evokes the truly unknown, unexplored nature of the sea that makes underwater settings so ripe for adventures and possibilities.
• Parents, Caregivers, Grandparents
• Educators & Librarians
• Kids who love books set underwater
About the Author
Claire Keane studied graphic design at École Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques in Paris, France, where she lived for eight years, until she moved to Los Angeles to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. During her ten-year tenure there, she designed for Tangled, Frozen, Enchanted, and other films. In 2013, she left to dedicate her time to creating her own stories and to work on various book and animation collaborations at her studio in Venice Beach, California. Now, she is the author and illustrator of many books for kids, including Once Upon a Cloud, Love Is, and Why?
“Keane’s whimsical pastel-inspired digital illustrations blend vibrant warm and cool colors, paired with curved fluid line work mirroring the watery movement of bubbles, seaweed, and fish drifting through Little Wonder’s imagination. It conjures memories of Keane’s work for Not Yeti, and blends beautifully with encouraging messages similar to those in Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Imaginative illustrations sure to enchant make this perfect for most collections.”-School Library Journal
“A dreamlike quality surrounds this gentle fantasy whose narrative thrust recalls Seuss’ All the Places You’ll Go (1990). . . . [T]he story brims with positivity, encourages children’s independence, and celebrates the bond between caregiver and child. . . . A reassuring daydream of a book that will foster a sense of life’s possibilities in children.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Keane imagines the voice of a faithful, caring adult following a youth on a splendid undersea adventure. . . Images blend underwater allure and ordinary life . . . When [the child] return[s] home, the voice is revealed as that of the child’s adult caregiver, who listens with loving attention as they recount the events of a day nourished by authentic support.”-Publishers Weekly