A New Kind of Wild
With us starting the school year remotely, it felt kind of strange to kick off a new academic year with the usual back to school books. The usual suspects just didn’t quite work...like School’s First Day of School—where a school building’s personified feels anxious before the first day (in person). Wemberly Worried—Wemberly’s anxiety about the first day is calmed when she meets a new classmate with a similar comfort item (also in person). And How I Spent My Summer Vacation—where a whimsical report about a crazy summer is illustrated dramatically through a scene-stealing blackboard (but this title too is also in person).
What to do? Hmm.. well, what teachers do best of course. Improvise. Make it up. Wing it. About 50% of a typical teaching day is winging it in my experience despite all our efforts to plan meticulously for all the possible situations and scenarios.
Enter this darling book, A New Kind of Wild. Have you ever heard the expression, “Bloom where you’re planted”? Well that’s our mantra going into this year. Bloom where you’re planted. We didn’t pick the location, we didn’t choose the unusual conditions or bizarre variables, but here we are regardless. Ready to grow. Ready to learn. This book is that phrase and more; pushing two people to find beauty and rhythm and magic outside of their comfort zone, navigating unfamiliar terrain, and doing their best to make sense of their new normal. Read it, you’ll see. Good luck my friends, it’s a jungle out there—this year more than ever before. Find your wild. And perhaps a new favorite book to kick off the new year as well. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜