Based on actual events, The Piece That is You follows the journey of a boy who struggles with speech. This remarkable picture book imparts beautiful messages of belonging, perseverance, teamwork, and harmony.
Gayle Holdman uses couplets to tell the story of this shy boy who uses stained glass as his voice and art as a form of expression. Because his voice is so big, he needs “artists and scholars and painters of glass” to help him achieve his vision. After creating a large display (titled Roots of Knowledge) narrating all that humans have accomplished together over thousands of years, we are shown how each of us is different and unique but an important piece of this larger artwork.
In addition to the fun rhymes used by Holdman, readers are given beautiful illustrations from Dallin Orr and Irina Harding. These soft pictures draw the reader into the story and help show the importance of how each piece works together to make a whole image. One of the most striking parts of the book is how Orr and Harding combine illustrations with photographs of the Roots of Knowledge. Another fun feature in the artwork is a little star found on each page, often displaying emotions.
The Piece That Is You Interior
This book is a delightful read for children and adults alike. Between the creative writing, the fantastic illustrations, the historical elements, and the inspiring nature of creativity and art, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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