Title: The Wonderful Happens
Author/Illustrator: Cynthia Rylant/Coco Dowley
Publisher/Date: Aladdin Paperbacks/ 2003
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Preschool and up
Themes: appreciating the little things; individuality
Opening: "Each day, the wonderful happens."
Synopsis: From Publishers Weekly: "Like the lyrics to The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things," Rylant's
picture-book list of what is wonderful in the world includes both raindrops and
roses. The sweet, rhythmic text is both cheery and unabashedly sentimental."
Why I Love This Book: From bread to birds, peaches to spider webs, the wonderful happens. I love that phrase. Rylant uses her brilliantly poetic language to uncover the ordinary and fill you with awe. Especially when the phrasing shifts: "and then there's the most wonderful thing of all -- you!" What a beautiful way to share the love for a child and their presence in the world by connecting them to all of the exquisite, natural wonders that came before. (This post dedicated to my oldest, who turns three today!)
Student writing prompt: What other natural, wonderful things happen? Use this book as a model for writing your own story. (This could easily be turned into a seasonal activity or a reflection on a nature walk.)
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