This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and illustrated by Julie Morstad is about a little girl who loves to use her imagination. Sadie builds boats out of boxes, castles using cushions, and she loves stories because nothing is needed to make stories. With her imagination, Sadie tells stories of being raised by wolves, swimming as a mermaid, visiting Alice in Wonderland, and being the hero in a fairytale. This story is relatable for children who love stories as much as Sadie. The story begins with Sadie on a boat:
Sadie says, “I’m on an enormous boat… crossing a wide, wide sea”.
The story is also interactive which makes it even more fun for children to read. Sadie describes her wings and how she can fly, and then she asks the reader: “Maybe you have them too. Have you checked?” The story also avoids gender-stereotyping Sadie as a girl. Although she wears dresses and imagines she is a mermaid, she also imagines that she is living in a forest with wolves and builds things using wood, hammers, and nails.
I love this story because it encourages kids use their imagination. With all of the technology around today, it is nice to have a book that encourages kids to be creative and to get up and play. The drawings are also beautiful, colorful, and happy. Morstad uses gouache and ink to illustrate Sadie and her adventures. The largely white background focuses the reader on Sadie. The book jacket and inside cover are beautifully illustrated, and the inside cover even has a place for children to write their own name. This is a wonderful book that boys and girls alike will enjoy.