The Yes (Sarah Bee & Satoshi Kitamura)

Hello, everyone! Our book today is The Yes by Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura, a Seussian parable about the power of positivity over doubt.

In a cave in the great wide Where, there lives a large, friendly, orange beast named the Yes. One day, the Yes goes out to explore the great big Where, and finds that it is filled with Nos, who travel in endless, aggressive packs and discourage the Yes at every turn: from climbing a tree or exploring a forest or swimming a river. Yet in the end, no matter how persistent they may be, while there are hundreds and thousands and millions of Nos, they still are not able to overpower just one single unshakable Yes.

This was a great book! As I mentioned, the text is full of really interesting wordplay that is extremely reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, and is a lot of fun to read aloud (even if I messed up the first page and accidentally read “Nos” as “nawss” – oops). It has a good length, and a wonderful lesson about belief, especially belief in yourself in the face of discouragement. The art is very creative, full of bright colors and unique environments that feel pleasantly otherworldly, and that work really well for the symbolic nature of the story. JJ really seemed to enjoy this one, but this is the sort of motivational story that can easily grow with a child, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

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