How Would You Know?: A Review of The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

I wasn’t sure whether to call this a review, or simply my thoughts and responses to Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s upcoming The Knowing Book.

Over the past year, there has been a lot that I didn’t “know”- as I experienced a phase of gut-wrenching grief, I didn’t know where my next breath would come from.

As I stood in the shower getting ready for the day, I didn’t know if I had the strength to make it through another sad, gloomy day.

I didn’t know if I would ever stop crying myself to sleep.

There was a lot that I didn’t know.

But this new title, The Knowing Book, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, reminds us of what we do know. What we will always know.

In a world of such uncertainty, and such confusion and hopelessness, this book is a timely reminder and reassurance to children to go ahead in the direction of their dreams, holding tight to what they do know and what they will always know.

Before you forget… look up.
The sky has always been above you,
is above you now,
and will always be above you.

Count on it.
It is what you will always know.

Throughout the following pages, this bunny takes one step at a time on a journey. We don’t know where he’s going, but we know he’s going boldly, because of what he knows and is certain of.

This is not only a book of knowing; it is a book of encouraging. Encouraging to explore the unknown. To dream. To pick up that ordinary looking shell. Listen.

And before you forget, when you come back home,

Before you forget… look up.
The stars have always been above you,

are above you know,
and will always be above you.

Count on it.
It is what you will always know.

Matthew Cordell brings Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s words to life with his brilliant and moving illustrations. As the scenery changes, so does the sky color and the environment color. He uses the right palate for each page to encourage readers to dream and hope …. and know.

Focus on what you know. It is powerful.

This book is powerful and important, as children will have the opportunity to be reassured time and time again to focus on what they know. To find comfort in it. And to celebrate it.

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