This week’s KidLit Pick of the Week is Ergo by Alexis Deacon.
Ergo is an egg and when it’s time for her to explore the world. As she discovers her toes, wings and beak, she believes that she has discovered everything about the world. I am the world, and the world is me, she thinks. But then, she hears noise from beyond the walls of her shell is something else that is not a part of her. Readers get to be a part of Ergo’s journey as she discovers a whole new world in this simple, yet exciting story.
What Author Aly loves:
· A delightful and funny story to inspire readers to think outside of their own circle and break the walls of isolation.
· The beautiful watercolor illustrations grow more vibrant as Ergo breaks into the world.
· Resourceful tool to help those confined to the walls of their own home to get out, explore, and live freely. This book challenges it readers to reach out to others, gain courage, and see all the wonderful things in the world that are yet to be explored.
· One of the greatest messages in this book is seeing how perception of others and things around us can deter us from breaking out. The meek sometimes see others as they see themselves which can create more reluctancy to reach out. They’ll ask themselves “what if we have nothing to talk about”, no one will want to make the first introduction”. However, there are plenty of others who are outgoing and help ease the tension of creating new relationships. That’s the beauty of how unique we all are.
· This book also serves as a resourceful tool to establish a conversation with readers about social media and how isolating it is. Hiding within the walls of a “social” world may make us feel safe and comfortable, but it is a false sense of security.