What Do You Do With An Idea?

What Do You Do With An Idea?

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What do you do with an idea? Especially an idea that¿s different, or daring, or a little wild? This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. It¿s a story for anyone, at any age, who¿s ever had an idea that seemed too big, too odd, too difficult. It¿s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it space to grow, and to see what happens next.

What Do You Do With an Idea? has won several awards, including the Independent Publisher¿s Book Gold Award, the Washington State Book Award, and the Moonbeam Children¿s Book Award.

It has also hit multiple best-seller lists, such as Publisher's Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Publisher: Seattle : Compendium, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781938298073
Branch Call Number: E YAM
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations (chiefly color).
Additional Contributors: Besom, Mae


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An inspiring tale about a young child who had an idea, and nurtured it, loved it, and allowed it to grow. A book worth reading to any child who may or may not have a big idea.

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Oct 20, 2018

I am not sure what to make of this book. I think those of us who understand the importance of visionary ideas, and how we often get stomped on by those who do not get our thinking, do not really need a book like this (we get it). Those who do not get it, I fear, will still not get it even after reading this book.

Feb 17, 2018

Kobi Yamada's writing and Mae Besom's illustrations combine in a wonderful uplifting story that can help adults and children alike. Highly appropriate for all audiences.

Vilka Dec 27, 2017

Suitable for children, new graduates, and adults (much like Dr Seuss's 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!'), this little story encourages readers to embrace, develop, and have confidence in their little ideas, which can turn out to be big ideas.

Nov 21, 2017

Imaginative and expansive, an excellent journey describing how ideas stay with us, even if we often wish they weren't there! The ideas that belong to us will not leave us and when they brought forth and given life, our idea bursts forth and joyfully colours our world. A beautiful way to encourage young dreamers to listen to inner idea teller.

ArapahoeLaurieAnne Jul 27, 2017

An amazing story about letting an idea grow and not giving up because of what other people say. A story that can be shared with children, read and re-read, giving us an incredible opportunity to talk with children about their ideas and letting them grow!

Nov 26, 2016

Inspiring and encouraging in many ways for all ages! Learning to appreciate and trust your inner wisdom is one of the most rewarding, and ongoing, life lessons!

Aug 27, 2015

This is a masterwork. The Japanese-effused artwork is just as inspiring as the story. I read this book to my 2.5-year-old son this evening and he was speechless-- absolutely immersed in it. I don't think the word 'idea' was in his vocabulary before tonight. This book was a wonderful way to introduce him to the concept.

PimaLib_MaryE May 08, 2015

This book immediately tugs on your heart strings as you watch a child's idea grow. The illustrations are exquisite, becoming more and more colorful as the idea takes shape.

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