"It's okay to say, I don't know," says her mother.
"When we don't know something, we get to wonder about it!"
Young, curious Eva takes a beautiful walk with her mother, and explores the mysteries of the world.
Where does gravity come from?
How many grains of sand are there in the whole world?
Where do butterflies come from?
Things are always changing. Eggs to caterpillars to butterflies to eggs. What else changes?
What was here before all of us? Before everything?
The best part of this picture book is when Eva asks a question and Mom tells her it's all right not to have the answers. That gives us permission to wonder. 'I don't know' becomes 'I wonder' and that sustains children's thirst for learning.
The author, Annaka Harris, writes in her author's note that adults often mask their not-knowing by avoiding questions or fabricating answers while children are embarrassed by or afraid of not-knowing. The preoccupation with evading this uncomfortable situation robs us of the motivation to learn, and our joy of curiosity.
Why not be honest that we can't possibly know everything in this wide, mysterious world, and be okay with that? Why not celebrate our awe in the wonders surrounding us? Why not stir up the power of a eager heart?
I sometimes wonder about gut instincts and dé·jà vu. How do they come about exactly?
What about you? What do you wonder about?
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Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.