This Thing Called Life By Christian Borstlap



From the smallest specks of life to the largest creatures, this engaging picture book shows the many shapes and forms life takes all around us.

What is life? It's constantly moving, growing, reproducing, and dying. It's happening now, all the time, and it's everywhere around us. From little helicopter seed pods that float through the air to blue whales in the ocean, the world is filled with all different types of odd and familiar kinds of life. This whimsical picture book helps young readers see the connections between all living things. Author and illustrator Christian Borstlap's furry, feathery, smooth, and spiky creatures crawl, eat, growl, fly, and interact with one another. While most of his creations are imaginary animals, they all depict real things that organisms must do to survive and thrive. Bold and quirky illustrations tug at kids' imaginations and help demonstrate complex concepts that can be hard to put into words. The book leaves lots of room for discussion and for new discoveries with each reading.


The 411:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the illustrations but I also liked the easy concept of life on a very basic level but depending on your personal situation the book can be very deep too.   Life is so many things and in just a few words on each page you get that and the message at the end is one that resonated with me. It says "Here's the thing: You can't do life alone. Life is something we do together. All of life is connected and dependent on the rest of life." I am a firm believer in "it takes a village." It does! 

My favorite page is probably the ant page which says that sometimes life is complicated. The book also tells us that life is unpredictable but that all life ends. The message that some things are here for a little while and some only a day leaves this open for so many messages and situations which one of the reasons I loved it! It can be very basic or it can help someone who has lost someone which was what I personally came away with after reading the book. 



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Discclaimer: I recevied a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetarya compensation was offered.

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