Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again. She likes to make things -- boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities ... This is Sadie, and this is her story.The premise of this book is not new. A child's imagination can take them anywhere, can make them be anyone, and can make them do anything. This book, however, is special.
It is such a fanciful story. Perhaps it is more of a reminder, a nudge for the adult that is reading this to the child. A child doesn't typically need to be reminded of their creativity. Where those of us of who have passed the ages of childhood typically could use a refresher course on how to use our imagination. This was the case in our home where I embraced the book. My six year old, when asked if she like it, said, "It's okay."
Julie Morstad's illustrations are what made this book from being typical to being special. They are quaint, almost taunting the reader to play. Here is a glimpse of what's inside the book:
Overall, I loved This is Sadie and recommend to children (and their parents).
Title: This is Sadie
Author: Sara O'Leary
Illustrator: Julie Morstad
Publisher: Tundra Books