All right team, are we ready for a challenge? I had a pretty specific unspoken formula for the picture books I selected to read to a young audience. It’s highly scientific and goes something like this: The right amount of delicious words + wonderful illustrations = storytime success! Apologies if I got a bit technical here.
Breathe is one of those picture books where it’s worth taking a risk. The text is minimal, but in its brevity there is real beauty. I would however pick my moment with this one. Restless pre-schoolers? Put it away and save it for another day where the stars have aligned and the audience is hanging on your every word.
A baby whale wanders the ocean, popping up occasionally to take a huge lungful of air on the surface. The illustrations are captivating, and if you linger on the page, read the words slowly and gently and encourage your audience to b-r-e-a-t-h-e with you, you’re onto a winner.
Check out Breathe at Auckland Libraries.
Or buy Breathe from Fishpond.