Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart’s book You Choose is utterly fabulous. It came out in 2004 and has been a worldwide hit. It’s pages are filled with scenarios and questions for children to pick from questions like “If you could live anywhere where would you go”? and then a picture filled with volcanoes and waterfalls, cities, fields, mountains and deserts follows. Children love to pick their answer from the pictures and tell you why. The book is large, the pictures are colourful and appealing and the possibilities…well they are endless.
My daughter decided she wanted to live in a pink palace in a forest with Santa, eating cakes with a pet unicorn. We had so much fun discovering this! I learned a lot about her along the way! The next time she made a whole new different life for equally valid and bizarre reasons. As a psychotherapist ( I counsel bereaved children) this would be a very useful book as an icebreaker and a getting to know you tool and also to help children talk more easily. They can’t help but be engaged by this fabulous book. (Currently £4 at Amazon) It has 121 5 star reviews on Amazon. Highly recommended…make believe and storytelling in your child’s own hands.
Recently Nick and |Pippa have released (lAug 30th, 2012) another book in similar vein called Just Imagine. (Random House:London Currently on Amazon at £6.48) I urge you to buy this brilliant book. It encourages children to think and feel and imagine and it really engages them. An example from this book would be ‘Imagine being made differently…not really human at all” this suggestion is then followed by pictures of centaurs, Lego men ghosts, drawings and jelly people. Lots to stir a child’s imagination and help them think outside the box. I wondered what it would be like to be made of jelly too… wibbly, cold and giggly I think.
I cannot tell you how much I ADORE these two books. I think they are brilliant they encourage children to interact with both the visual and the written word, they encourage them to be creative and use their natural resources and they enable stories to be created and worlds to be made.
Over a million copies of You Choose were sold and rightly so. I think these books should be in all KS1 classrooms and a mandatory read! Such fun.My five year old daughter sat for an hour with Just Imagine last night chatting to herself and imagining. How wonderful. If I knew their number I would call up the authors myself and say a great big WELL DONE. In a world of spoon fed entertainment you have encouraged a child to be creative and be entertained by their own minds. A great thing.