From the Dedication
and all the children within us
Special thanks to Judith West, our creative editorial consultant.
How Would It Feel? was written for my son, Alex. One night before he was born, I woke up with whimsical verses on my mind. I thought it would be nice to teach my child lessons from the wonders of Nature.
I sent the verses to my friend Anna Mycek-Wodecki, who in turn spent the next two years illustrating the words; and in each illustration there appears a small magical boy . . . Alex. Anna painted her illustrations dedicating them to Alex as well as her daughter, Natalia.
Alex was born with numerous physical problems. The early years were especially difficult. To witness his spirit and strength was inspiring.
In these images, my son--who struggles daily with tubes and metal and painful manipulations--floats beyond the physical and into a magical realm. He is one with life and beyond pain.
In the course of his five years, Alex has made some gains in strength and overall health. And I have come to realize that How Would It Feel? still reflects nature’s lessons--but now the teacher is Alex.
How would it feel
To ride on the breeze,
Aloft in a cloud ship
And taller than trees?
And how would you like
To wake up in a flower,
Fresh as the daffodils
After a shower?
How would it feel
If cold were a place,
Where ice had a voice
And snow had a face?
How Would It Feel?
• Presents a series of fantastic hypothetical questions that encourages children to imagine an intimate and playful relationship with the natural world
• Contains vivid and intricate full-color illustrations to spark the imagination
• For children ages 4 to 6
In How Would It Feel? Mary Beth Goddard takes children on a journey of fantastic proportions, inviting them to imagine a playful interaction with the natural world. How would it feel to ride on a breeze . . . splash down with the rain . . . play tag with the sun . . . or wake up in a flower? Children and parents alike will have an opportunity to view the world from widely varying perspectives, such as high in the sky or deep under the sea. But the final stanza provides reassuring closure, returning children to the safety of home: "It’s time to go back / to your own bed and rest, / back to the family / who loves you the best."
The repeated poetic phrasing beginning each passage provides early reading skill development, and the vivid and intricate details in the watercolor artwork successfully extend and amplify the text, inviting many hours of exploration.
- Inner Traditions/Bear & Company |
- 32 pages |
- ISBN 9781591430506 |
- October 2005 |
- Grades P - 6