Inspiring "Wonder"-ful Thinking!

Children are naturally curious, creative and "wonder"ful. They look at the world with fresh eyes, quite different than our own. How can we ensure that this kind of creative thinking continues to exist in our students' minds during a time when they are fed a steady diet of "information overload"- TV, internet, video games? Well, I think we need to balance out that digital diet with intelligent, imaginative and inspiring books like Why Blue? by Josh Tuininga.

This book tells the story of an inquirer by the name of Maya. Like most children she wonders why the sky is blue and sets out to find an answer. Tuininga's illustrations are nothing short of magical and transport the reader to the places Maya visits in her imagination. He is seriously talented; I just love these illustrations- have a peek...

She meets various characters along the way, all of whom offer up their own answers. As the day goes on, Maya realizes that the sky does not stay blue, but turns beautiful shades of pink and purple.

Ultimately, Maya falls asleep staring at a night sky, leading her to imagine her own starry world. Just lovely. The books ends with Maya enjoying another new day, still thinking and wondering.

I shared this book with my class we discussed what it means to be an inquirer, and to have a curious attitude, as these are the kind of traits students really need these days (the 21st century). We're preparing them for jobs that don't even exist yet. Technology is the name of the game, and we certainly want them to be tech savvy, however, who exactly are the people that create these technologies? Students need to be able to think creatively and with wonder, wanting to unlock the answers to unknown questions. It's these kinds of minds that invent new technologies. In this story, Maya is that kind of learner, a lifelong learner who loves "hard questions". This book echoes my daily mission as a teacher: "cultivating independent thinkers and lifelong learners". How did Josh Tuininga know??! ;)

I urge you to check out Why Blue? on Amazon. It's available in Kindle and hardcover editions. It would be an instant favorite in any classroom (my students LOVED it!) and the perfect gift for a young inquiring mind!

(I did not receive any compensation for this review.)

Thanks for stopping by and keep wondering!
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  1. I'm so glad that you shared this book! I've never heard of it before, but it will go perfectly with a writing assignment that I am preparing for my students. It looks like a great book!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

    1. Actually this book JUST came out this month! Glad you found the suggestion helpful- your students will enjoy it!

  2. I love the sound of this book - you are right with the focus on inquiry based learning and 21st Century Learning it is important that students develop an understanding of what it means to inquire and to see themselves as people who inquire and love hard questions. Thanks for sharing this book.

    1. Thanks! This book captures the meaning of inquiry so simply, and beautifully.
      :) Karli

  3. Sounds like a must have, Karli. I'm pinning this one so I don't forget!


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