Good Thursday my tiny hatchlings!
I am very excited to talk to you all about this amazing book, What do You do With an Idea written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Beson. Let me just start by saying that this is my favorite modern children’s book, I buy it for anyone I know having a baby. It’s imaginative, playful, and I think a fantastic viewfinder for children to see life through.
But let me back up a bit. (I always get so ahead of myself!)
What do You do With an Idea is about a child who one day comes across this egg. The child is at first unsure what to do with his new friend, but the two quickly become comfortable with each other, and go on adventures. Meanwhile, the child discovers new and amazing things by learning about and being around his egg-friend.
This book does a wonderful job of explaining the creative process, and on a larger scale, of explaining how we, as unique human beings, need to believe in ourselves to accomplish what it is we dream of.
The child tells of the opposition he faced with his egg-friend (who, if you haven’t already guessed, is the physical embodiment of his idea) and how he found that no one will understand his idea in the same way that he does. People may think his idea is crazy, and weird, Yamada writes, but it’s his idea. And so, he nurtures it.
Any creative person will tell you that if you listen to your art when it speaks to you, it will continue speaking. The inspiration, ideas, and motivation to create, won’t run out. It may run thin from time-to-time, but so long as ideas are given love and attention, they continue to flow. In the very least, that has been my experience. However, speaking from experience, it can be a little inconvenient to have characters talk to you when you’re trying to go to bed. Or wake you up early in the morning. Or reveal their entire book to you moments before you bite into a sandwich… It’s amazing to provide your creations with love, however, there will be moments when you may want to ask them to come back later, haha. Doing this too often, however, may discourage your creations from speaking to you so freely. It’s a balancing act. 🙂
But the most important thing, one of the best ways to nurture your creativity, whether it be traditional, or the creative process that goes into sculpting oneself, is to have faith and persistence. After all, there is no other better way of showing that you believe in something when you go after it with all your heart.
This book is incredible. Its simple statements about complex, life-altering experiences such as the willingness to keep going despite opposition, is one example of why it is I love children’s literature. Its foundational messages are clean cut and well said. It is not just a good story, but a fantastic tool for children to have on their shelf. And a friendly reminder for adults, too.
Don’t give up. Have heart.
Change the world.
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