Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Judy Schachner
Publisher: Dial Books
Sarabella is creative and imaginative, but she has trouble focusing in school! Her wandering thoughts are beautiful, happy, and ethereal. All bits of information that she finds fuel her fantasies, but how can she stay earth-bound long enough to do her homework? As she puzzles over this question, she gets inspiration for her weekend assignment. In class she reveals her version of a thinking cap, a cap covered in her thoughts and ideas and dreams. It is beautiful! Finally everyone can see the thoughts that carry her away. A few days later, a boy comes to school wearing his own decorated thinking cap. It looks like a new forever friendship is beginning.
Illustrations in a book about imagination run wild and vast creativity must meet a new measure of its own. The pages of this book are filled with beautiful flights of fancy. Two amazing pages show how Sarabella cares for some of her thoughts as if they are rare exotic plants, and her "bear of a thought" slipping into hibernation and her "whale of a thought" taking up her room are so delightful that they fill the heart with a desire to be shared. The illustrations are wonderful, but the story also weaves very fun paths through Sarabella's frustration and joy that are sweet to follow. This is a highly recommended read, an extra special read for children with attention issues of their own.