Journey by Aaron Becker

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imagesJust in time for a new school year…..this stunning, imaginative book by Aaron Becker. Journey is a wordless picture book that will appeal to everyone from the age of 5 and over – literally your child (or student), you, and everyone gathered around the table at Thanksgiving.  As I pored over it this morning, all of these books went through my mind:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (Journey is the story of a girl with a red crayon – she even draws a door and steps through it!)

Sector 7 by David Wiesner (some of the breathtaking illustrations have a Wiesner-like vibe)

Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman (Becker’s book makes me want to pore over the pages just like Lehman’s creative books do.)

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Like Tan’s protagonist, the girl in Journey steps into an unknown world – and both books are dazzling to look at.)

At the beginning of Journey, we are introduced to a bored young girl. Everyone seems to have something to do except her. It isn’t long before, Harold-like, she draws her escape route on her bedroom wall.  She doesn’t end up in another room of her house though – far from it.  She enters this beautiful place that makes the reader want to leap into the book. And in another tribute to Harold, she draws a hot air balloon and continues her imaginative adventure.

After about 30 minutes, I started thinking about how to use this book with both our elementary and middle school students – that doesn’t happen too often!  The possibilities, like the girl’s imagination, are endless!

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