From bestselling author Nina Laden and bestselling illustrator Renata Liwska comes an enchanting, imaginative story for fans of They All Saw a Cat.
Does a feather remember it once was a bird? Does a book remember it once was a word? A boy is swept away to a world where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. From the cake that once was grain to the ocean that once was rain, whimsical before and after scenes offer readers a peek at the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child.
Nina Laden's poetic and cleverly woven text is perfectly paired with artist Renata Liwska's captivating illustrations.
In a quiet poem, Laden (Romeow and Drooliet) guides thinking about the way a cake might "remember" being a field of grain or an ocean might recall its source in raindrops. Her philosophical verse names objects and their origins: "Does a chair remember it once was... a tree?/ Does a garden remember it once was... a pea?" Readers who grasp the link between a statue and a stone may be perplexed by a line about romance: "Does love remember it once was... new?" Liwska (The Quiet Book) pictures two childless birds courting; the next scene, of ducks building a nest ("Does a family remember it once was... two?"), will make more sense, at least for children in mom-and-dad homes. The artist's typically delicate pencil sketches alternate between images of an inquisitive child and imagined scenes of animals at work and at play, underscoring the book's meditative, contemplative quality. Laden's closing question "Will you remember you once were... a child?" makes the exercise all the more personal, inviting readers to consider who they might become. Ages 3 6. Author's agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties.