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What Do You Do With an Idea? Hardcover – 1 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Compendium Inc; 9th Print edition (1 February 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938298071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938298073
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 445 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once in a while, a picture book comes along and challenges every reader to recalibrate their expectations on what a picture book can deliver and accomplish. The books in this category contain creativity, mindfulness, complexity, masterful illustrations, and arresting inspiration. What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, is one such picture book. What Do You Do With An Idea? is about a boy who has an idea, illustrated as a golden crowned egg with legs. The boy wonders about the peculiar golden biped ; its origins, its purpose, its place in the world. The boy was uncomfortable, he was unsure what to do with the idea and so he tried to deny its existence. But the idea was persistent and would not leave, in fact it seemed to be growing and eventually, the boy got used to having this idea around. As the boy becomes more comfortable with the idea, he tentatively starts sharing it with others. Many laughed at the peculiar looking idea, as the boy suspected they would, but the boy perseveres. Becoming more confident, the boy decides to ignore his detractors and nurture and love the idea, to the point where he can t imagine life without it. The boy discovers his idea gives him the feeling of being alive and also perspective on seeing life differently. With the boy s attention and dedication, the idea beautifully changes the world and permanently becomes part of everything around him. Mae Besom s delicate illustrations in What Do You Do With An Idea? are a perfect accompaniment to Kobi Yamada s beautiful narrative and message. As the story begins and the idea is introduced, the pages are expertly illustrated in pencil, with striking depth and light. There is little use of color in the beginning but as the boy begins to warm to the idea, more color is introduced. Still, it s clear as the narrative suggests, that the boy has not completely embraced his idea. Finally, when the boy accepts the idea, the world changes and color is everywhere and alive on the pages. The color progression is a brilliant way to portray the ascension of the idea s importance in the boy s life. The message in What Do You Do With An Idea? is clear welcome and nurture ideas with patience and persistence, no matter how big or small, no matter how unique or popular, and they may grow to change the world. It s a message that s been shared before by teachers, business leaders, parents and mentors. What makes this message so unique is the simple but beautiful way it s delivered, in narrative and illustration, through the eyes and voice of an innocent and hopeful child. What Do You Do With An Idea? is a spectacular book for all ages and is a wonderful treasure for any home or school library. --Kirkus

About the Author

Kobi Yamada is the creator of many inspiring gift books and ideas as well as the president of Compendium, a company of amazing people doing amazing things. He happily lives with the love of his life and their two super fun kids in the land of flying salmon where he gets to believe in his ideas all day long. He thinks he just might be the luckiest person on the planet.

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What Do You Do With an Idea? Kit What Do You Do with an Idea? Big Plush Egg What Do You Do with an Idea? Plush Egg Idea Crown What Do You Do With a Problem? What Do You Do With a Chance?
Description Let this enchanting gift set encourage anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea to embrace big thinking and bright dreams. A perfect companion to the Idea book - this idea plush is a wonderful all-ages reminder to give your ideas plenty of time, attention, and space to grow. Idea plush measures 34" high and weighs approximately 3.25 lbs. A perfect companion to the Idea book - this idea plush is a wonderful all-ages reminder to give your ideas plenty of time, attention, and space to grow. Idea plush measures 9.5" high and weighs approximately .30 lbs. This is your idea crown. Wear it and remind yourself to give your ideas the space they need to grow into something wonderful. This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different indeed. The final addition of this series inspires kids of all ages and parents alike to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. You never know when a chance, once taken, might be the one to change everything.

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