Imagine – Book and Jigsaw Puzzle by Alison Lester
Published by Allen & Unwin
Date: December 2018
if we were
deep in the jungle
where butterflies drift
and jaguars prowl
where parakeets squawk
and wild monkeys howl…
Can you imagine?
if we were
away on safari
where crocodiles lurk
and antelope feed
where leopards attack
and zebras stampede…
Alison Lester was able to imagine this and we are the blessed ones who get to enjoy her imagination through this picture book.
Imagine was first published in 1989 and is still as much loved as it was then. What makes this book so special is that we are taken to a place where anything is possible. This book encourages children to use their imagination and to see the possibilities in everyday things.
There are little pockets of fun throughout the book where children can seek and find animals from all over the world. There are so many animals to discover, a sloth, sugar glider, kookaburra, leopard, hyena, stegosaurus and narwhal; some of them children will easily recognise, others they will discover and learn about.
This pack comes with a very beautiful puzzle, it is 150 pieces and is one of the seek and find pictures from the book. The pieces are a good size so are easy to use for small 3 year old hands.
If I was using this book in a group situation, I would encourage the children to make their own seek and find pictures with animals and creatures they have imagined themselves. Other ideas could be for the children to make their own puzzle after they have done this puzzle, or create paper mache animals. There is so much that can be done with such a creative book, and the only limiting thing is imagination which this book pack inspires.
Clearly I love this book and encourage you to get yourself a copy so you and your child can explore the natural world through pictures and words.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.