Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Aquanaut -a bookwrap


The Aquanaut

Authored by Jill Heinerth
Jaime Kim

* Ages:  3-7
* Grades:  P-2
* Length:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Tundra 
* Pub. Date:  January 19, 2021
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations for You

The Book 

This delightful book will inspire young readers to dream big, explore their world and follow their heart as they journey through life.  

The author is an award-winning aquanaut and the art is by a  #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator.  The message encourages kids to be brave and build up their self-esteem as they imagine what they can do and become when they grow up. 

"When I was young, the world seemed too dangerous. Everything was too hard. I was too young. Places were too far away. But that was okay because I had a big imagination . . . "

Jill Heinerth, as a little girl,  felt so small and unsure of herself.   She thought that her dreams were beyond attainment and too difficult to accomplish.   She wanted to be an astronaut but instead of going to outer space she decided to explore dark, underwater, cavernous, spaces on earth and she became a skilled aquanaut and photographer.   

"More people have walked on the moon than have been in some of remote places I have discovered right here on our water planet!"

The artwork is beautifully done.  It is vibrant and detailed.  I like the duality of the story:  one page a child's dream and the next page an adult engaged in living it.  The author has included photos of herself at the end of the book successfully living her dream.  The book is a celebration of overcoming your doubts and fears and with imagination and determination make the impossible (in your mind)....  a very possible reality.   I highly recommend.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author

JILL HEINERTH is a cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and filmmaker. More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill has explored on earth. She has made TV series for the CBC, the National Geographic channel, and the BBC, consulted on movies, including for director James Cameron, and produced documentaries, including We Are Water and Ben's Vortex. Jill's accolades include induction into The Explorers Club and the inaugural class of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. She is also the inaugural Explorer-in-Residence for The Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and the recipient of Canada's prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world's highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

About the Illustrator 

JAIME KIM was born and raised in South Korea and now lives in North Carolina. Although she was a timid child who was afraid of just about everything, she discovered a sense of serenity in drawing. As a grown-up, Jaime finally stopped being afraid of everything, but kept on drawing and painting. She works with gouache, watercolors and acrylics to create nostalgic and dreamlike illustrations, inspired by childhood memories of her family, as well as movies, art, and the outside world. Her favorite things are the sun, the moon, the sky and stars -- which is why they always creep into her artwork. Her debut illustrated picture book, Take Heart, My Child, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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