What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom
Published by Compendium Inc on February 1st 2014
Genres: Children's Books
Format: Hard Cover
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This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started.
Picture books are created to teach children lessons about life. Occasionally, one comes along that speaks more to adults than children. Kobi Yamada’s What Do You Do With an Idea? is one of those.
What Do You Do With an Idea? begins with a young boy having an idea. He doesn’t know what to do with the idea, so he walks away from it. But it follows him, just like certain ideas do in real life. They nag at the subconscious until the owner fully think them through. Then they’re either kept or discarded.
The boy goes on to face his fear of sharing these ideas with others and the ridicule he receives when he does. This is something that I think a lot of adults experience when they get ideas. Most often it happens with big ideas, like a new career, business idea, or home project. Sometimes, the naysayers drown out thoughts about the potential of the idea and it’s discarded. Other times, as the boy does in this book, the owner never gives up on the idea.
I love the ending of this book. Not only does the boy succeed with his idea, but the idea touches the whole world and changes it. The idea is no longer just the boy’s and that’s a neat idea.
I’ve considered buying a second copy of this book to frame some of the pages as a daily reminder to let my ideas grow. This would make a good gift for an adult who needs some encouragement, as well. My 4 year-old enjoys this book, but there’s a certain message that only adults will fully appreciate. I do hope she grows to fully understand the message of the book and takes it with her through life, because no one should be afraid to let their ideas grow into something that will change the world.