Maybe You Might (Imogen Foxell & Anna Cunha)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Maybe You Might by Imogen Foxell and Anna Cunha, a striking story about the power of a single person’s actions to change the world.

A young child finds a seed in the barren former riverbed where they live, and decides to plant it in the ground. People attempt to convince them that the seed can’t grow in such harsh conditions – dry soil, high winds, brutal sunlight – but every day, the child diligently waters and tends to the seed’s growth and safety. The child is wise enough to know that nothing may come of these endeavors… but maybe something might. And as the seed grows from a sprout to a sapling to a fruit-baring tree, it begins to create even greater change in the surrounding community, and the child grows with it, watching as something so small – with love, patience, and hard work – brings about a better life.

Absolutely beautiful. Foxell’s narrative flawlessly does double duty as a literal tale of how vegetation can change an ecosystem, as well as a lovely metaphor for the cultivation and nurturing of both change and children. The key motif that sets this story apart is the “maybe” – it introduces an element of faith and the realistic idea that while change is often difficult to achieve, it never comes if we don’t try. Cunha’s rich artwork fits these themes perfectly, weaving in some gorgeous visual metaphors about love, creation, and growth. A few of rhymes in this British import don’t hit as smoothly in an American accent when read aloud, but the length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ loved it. Absolutely worth checking out, and Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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