What Do You Do With an Idea?

by Kobi Yamada

Other authorsMae Besom (Illustrator), Mae Besom (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2014

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Compendium Inc (2014), Edition: 9th Print, 36 pages


A boy has an idea which makes him uncomfortable at first but he discovers it is magical and that, no matter what other people say, he should give it his attention.

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LibraryThing member Robinsonstef
A great book to use to talk about ideas with students. It helps show that ideas take time to develop and that they may change and grow.
LibraryThing member jolenaryan
I love this story about a boy who is developing his confidence through self exploration. It's a great book for all ages and carries an important message of how we need to nurture our ideas. This book is wonderful.

This book would be ideal for teaching kids about self confidence and motivating
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innovative thinkers.
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LibraryThing member agassa1
In my opinion this is a great book that inspires children to pursue their ideas. The language was descriptive and well written, keeping readers engaged throughout the story. The writing was well paced and the illustrations made the story easier for readers to follow along and were also appealing to
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the eye. The plot was well organized and created an element of suspense keeping the reader on their toes for what this "egg" that is the littles boy's idea is going to turn into. This book pushes young children that no idea too big or too small is unobtainable or silly. It pushes children to have confidence in their ideas and to stick with them to see what they will develop into.
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LibraryThing member crieder95
LOVED THIS BOOK. It is heart-warming, sentimental, touching, encouraging, and powerful to young readers and even all ages. Our character in the book has an egg with a crown on that represents his idea. He begins the story timid and afraid of his idea trying to ignore it. As the book goes on he
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begins to love his idea even caring for it and helping it grow. He even finds the courage in him to share his ideas with others no matter what they think. In the end he is proud of his idea and knows what to do with it now, he will change the world.
The illustrator really pulls this idea all together on the pages of the book. The majority of the pages in the beginning are black and white with the egg, his idea, being the only thing in color. As the book goes on and he begins to put time and effort into his idea the egg grows bigger and brighter. Eventually on the last pages when he truly accepts and embraces his idea the whole page comes to life in vivid color and illustrations. A great, great book. One i would continually read to any class on opening day of the school year.
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LibraryThing member nlinco1
"What Do You Do With an Idea?" is about a boy who is being followed by an "idea". The idea is represented by a two-legged egg wearing a gold crown. The boy is very weary at first by the idea and tries to ignore it but, as the story continues the boy grows a bond with it and the idea starts to
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become more significant in his life. I liked this book because the language was very powerful and paired perfectly with the illustrations. At the beginning of the book the only color on the page was the faint yellow of the idea. At the middle of the book the author writes, "My idea grew and grew. And so did my love for it." The illustrations also compliment this quote because the boy was shown playing with the idea on a teeter-totter and the illustrator begins to add more colors that are more vibrant.
Often times people are embarrassed to share their thoughts because of what others may think, but this book inspires the reader to have confidence and to take risks.The big idea of this book describes the importance of an individual's ideas no matter how big, small, or unusual they may be.
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LibraryThing member imtanner2
This lovely little book shows what happens when you get an idea that you want to make a change. It's going to be a great book to share with kids because the kids will be able to understand that great ideas don't flourish without nurturing. Loved this one.
LibraryThing member imtanner2
This lovely little book shows what happens when you get an idea that you want to make a change. It's going to be a great book to share with kids because the kids will be able to understand that great ideas don't flourish without nurturing. Loved this one.
LibraryThing member amkestek
Great to introduce a growth mindset.
LibraryThing member kvelin
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! This is a create realistic fiction book about a little boy who has an idea. The little boy has this idea and doesn't really know what to do with it. It begins following him around and so he takes care of it. At first he thinks about sharing the idea with others, but he is scared
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of what they will say. He finally decides to share it with people and they make fun of him. He then tries to protect the idea and it continues to grow. Before long the idea bursts forth and begins to change the world.
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LibraryThing member Ebarclift13
This is a phenomenal realistic fantasy story about a young boy who one day comes across an idea (the idea is portrayed as an actual character). The boy tries to avoid and ignore the idea, but it continues to follow him. Over time he begins to pay attention to the idea. As he grows more confidence
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in his idea he decides to share it, but it is criticized and not well received by others. So the boy decides to hide his idea; to protect it. More time passes and the boy sees his idea beginning to take off and grow. Before the boy knows it his idea has changed the world.
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LibraryThing member angoneal
The moral of the story is to encourage its readers that their ideas are important even if no one else thinks so.
LibraryThing member kaulsu
One of my favorite finds for a great-nephew! I hope he grows up to have many wonderful ideas he will nurture through to maturity!

The illustrations begin with just a dab, just a hint, of color--when suddenly the book erupts in full-blown, living color!!
LibraryThing member ehopki7
I really liked this book. It is based on a very abstract thing- ideas- but is done in a way that even young students will understand it. This book flowed very easily from page to page, and the plot was very well structured. It pushes the readers to think about their own ideas and times when they
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have felt embarrassed or ashamed to say how they really felt. The illustrations helped to take the abstract concept and put it into more concrete terms. The big message of this story is that ideas are extremely important and all it takes is one idea to change the world. Also, it tells the reader that all of their ideas are valid and important.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
The narrator of this inspirational picture-book about nurturing one's ideas and allowing them the space to grow unfolds the tale of his own idea, which he initially doubted, but eventually came to treasure. After attempts to abandon and then hide his idea, the boy decides the keep it with him,
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discovering that it enriches his life and eventually leads to wonderful things...

Told in general terms - the nature of the idea remains deliberately unclear in the text, and it is depicted in the artwork as a golden egg with crown - the story here offers children an opportunity to project themselves into the story, to imagine that it is their idea (whatever that may be) that is being discussed. The accompanying illustrations by Chinese artist Mae Besom are lovely, showing the transformative potential of the idea through a gradual change from mostly black and white spreads to vibrantly colorful ones at the end. Recommended to anyone looking for inspirational stories that affirm and encourage creativity.
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LibraryThing member amassingale
A kid has an idea and doesn't know what to do with it. He decides to ignore it at first, but then it grows bigger, and he decides life is better with ideas. Although this isn't explicitly a science book, it can be read to inspire the building of ideas when it comes to inventions.
LibraryThing member Kiddboyblue
Whenever I am feeling uninspired or stuck, or creatively frustrated I pull out this book and read it over.
It's brilliant and wonderful and utterly beautiful!
LibraryThing member Adrinnon
A kid has an idea and doesn't know what to do with it. He decides to ignore it at first, but then it grows bigger, and he decides life is better with ideas. GENRE: fiction. USES: teach ideas and creativity, give students confidence. MEDIA: pencil and watercolor. CRITIQUE: this book is a great way
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to builds students confidence and encourage them to expand on their ideas.
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LibraryThing member hmlasnick
This book starts off with a kid being followed by their idea which starts out as an egg with a crown and it's the only thing colored on the page. As the book progresses and the child talks about trying to hide the idea and not wanting to share it the idea (the egg) slowly grows and the colors
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around it get more vibrant and start to spread. The book ends with child finally deciding to share his idea and the page bursts with color and abstract designs.

This is a great story for students and to introduce writing to them. It can share with students that a lot of people are afraid to share their writing, and that if they do have an idea, to just put it on paper and it will begin to grow and it could turn into something beautiful.
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LibraryThing member Ktbiggs24
I love this book. I read this book which was written for children but I took so much away from it than I thought I would. It is a wonderful story with fantastic illustrations that portray the process of having an idea perfectly. We sometimes aren't confident in our ideas and try to hide them and I
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love that this book shows you that if you embrace those ideas and nurture them, you can absolutely have an idea that could change the world. I think this sends a great message to students to be confident in their ideas and speak up about them.
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LibraryThing member Pferdina
The message is that your idea is a good thing, and you should be proud of it rather than hide or deny it.
LibraryThing member Linyarai
I read this for the "A Book That Leaves You Thinking" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I really enjoy Kobi Yamada, or at least both of the books that I've read. They communicate a great message in a really simple, approachable way. And the art is cute.
LibraryThing member Whisper1
What a delightful read. When a young boy has an idea, it is shown as an egg, needing to be hatched. He egg follows him, and like Job in the bible, will not go or leave until the boy blesses it. The lovely, outstanding, creative illustrations are magnificent. The concept of an idea hatching with an
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accompanying image of a chicken in an egg shell is sheer genius.

The idea will not let him go, it haunts him and becomes an integral part of his being. Beginning with black and white images, as the idea foments and percolates, it becomes colored, bright and shining. Never to be ignored, the color fills the young boys life.
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LibraryThing member ms_rowse
I've never used a children's book to teach photography and graphic design (a weak spot for me, I know) but I'm starting with this one. So many times I watch my students self-censor and shoot down their own ideas. Hoping this book helps change that a little.


Independent Publisher Book Awards (Gold — Children's Picture Book — 2014)
Blue Hen Book Award (Nominee — Young Readers — 2017)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Nominee — Primary — 2017)
Golden Archer Award (Nominee — Primary — 2017)




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