What to Do with a String

The Creative Company. Jul. 2019. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781568463223.
PreS-Gr 2–The power of imagination conquers loneliness in this rhyming companion to Yolen’s What To Do With a Box about where a piece of string can take you. A girl uses a string to play games, ride whales, and take various adventures when things at her house are “incredibly dull.” When the resourceful girl is lonely, her cat offers to call using a string phone, dispelling her blues. Payne utilizes a myriad of media including graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylics, and oil washes, to create a joyful interpretation of Yolen’s text. Real estate in the book is used to great effect through changing perspective and full-bleed illustrations that drive readers onward. Pair with Antoinette Portis’s Not a Box or Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s Also an Octopus for storytime.
VERDICT A delightful read-aloud addition to most collections.

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