Monday, June 29, 2015

Super Book: . . . and Nick




. . . and Nick
By Emily Gore
Illustrated by Leonid Gore
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. Picture Book.

Nick is a mouse with three brothers: Rick, Mick, and Vick. Each one is confident in what he wears, eats, and wants to be when he grows up. Nick, on the other hand, isn’t quite sure. One day the brothers go out to the meadow to pick flowers for their mom, each one finding the perfect flower—except Nick, who finds only a sprout but takes it home anyway because he likes it. It isn’t until the next day when the sprout has bloomed into a beautiful flower that everyone else sees the potential of the sprout like Nick did.

Written by a father-daughter team, this picture book shows that even though a child might not know where he or she fits in the world, in time, just like the flower he or she will find the right time to bloom. The cheerful textured illustrations add to the optimistic feel of the storyline.

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