Here Comes Ingo is a beautiful visual story that exemplifies a progression of thinking leading towards love, kindness and inclusion. At first, things may not seem to make much sense. After all, it is not every day that 4-8 year olds get to come face to face with a shark eating cupcakes with gusto or a merry band of birds & frogs piggybacking on a chubby fish. Yet, page after page of hand-crafted collages filled with fun details and wrapped in Disney-like colors encourage children to resist feeling discouraged or scared in front of the unexpected or the unknown. Much like Ingo, they are to rely on their own ability to embrace what at first may seem strange and confusing in order to fully enjoy Ingo's flying adventures and look at each page as an invitation to put their thinking hats on and figure out what the characters are thinking, feeling and doing thus teaching them valuable skills that pre-k and grade teachers work hard to embed in their classroom curriculum such as predicting, inferring, reasoning, sequencing, structure flow and attention to detail.
What sets Here Comes Ingo apart from the rest of other wonderful picture books is the ability to present children with fairly sophisticated art concepts such as figurative art collage in a relatable way. Each collage-based illustration lures children into immersing themselves further into Ingo’s dream world by adding their own ideas and expanding on the story as far as their imaginations takes them via drawing, coloring and painting directly ON the page. As with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over. Ingo invites children to visit again and again following into the tradition of classic books such as Good Night, Gorilla, The Adventures of Polo, Tuesday, Where's Walrus, Sea of Dreams and The Red Book.
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