Published September 5th 2017 by Dial Books
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Sarabella is always thinking—conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination. There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you’re supposed to be doing multiplication tables. Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher who recognizes the importance of imagination and the way Sarabella thinks. With her teacher’s encouragement she comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is. The thinking cap she makes is a wondrous concoction representing dreams, creativity, and individuality in all its forms.
On one level, it’s a tale about a young Sarabella who dreams big, and learns how to share those big dreams with those around her. She’s initially told to pay attention and gently teased, for daydreaming. But thanks to a quirky assignment, classmates learn how to understand her mind.
On a greater level, it’s a reminder that it’s okay to be different. Young readers often struggle to think the same when they’re younger, and Sarabella is a celebration of the beauty that comes with having a unique mind. It’s an empowering message, which will help inspire many young readers.
With easy wording and beautiful illustration, Sarabella’s Thinking Cap is a powerful read. Highly recommend, full stop.