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This is a story for all, no matter what age.  Ideas crop up.  We think about them, ignore them, run away from them, think about them some more.  Sharing one’s ideas with another may bring encouragement, allowing us to feel like we just might have something here or it might bring laughter, leaving us covered by our own embarrassment.

“What Do You Do With an Idea?” is about giving our ideas a chance.  Outcomes may be far more than one can imagine.

This is a confidence-building book because so many of us do not give our ideas any fuel.  We are afraid of failure, yet the words in this book just may give some of us enough courage to allow an idea to grow and develop into what it may.  Weird ideas, big or small ideas, hard ideas can grow when given some room.  “Ideas tend to stay with us.”  In that case, we ought to accept the fact that our ideas may hang around in our head, fermenting, growing, becoming.

I think this book is great!  We all need some encouragement.  Children really need to know that the ideas they have are important and need cultivation.  Children need to learn that their ideas can lead to success, maybe even failure, but they might not be so afraid of failures later on if they know their ideas can be given a chance.

“Compendium Kids,” the publisher, says it is about “inspiring possibilities.”

The art work is well done.  The drawings are in pencil, with watercolors too.  As you can tell by the cover, the pictures are done in sepia tones with a touch of color.  As the book (and idea) grows and goes, so does the color.

9781938298073_p2_v4_s700x483What Do You Do With an Idea? has won several awards, including the Independent Publisher’s Book Gold Award, the Washington State Book Award, and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.

It has also hit multiple best-seller lists, such as Publisher’s Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

The Tanner Dance Program of the University of Utah adapted this book for its biggest event of the year.  They had more than 500 dancers using ballet and modern dance to show how ideas come to life. “Each dance had different choreography, and what made the performances especially incredible was that every dancer had the freedom to improvise parts of their routine and integrate their own ideas into the performance.”  See the article here: http://www.live-inspired.com/blog/post.cfm/our-nationally-best-selling-children-s-book-inspires-a-stirring-dance-performance

Reading Level
: 4 – 8 Years

Kobi Yamada is President/CEO of Compendium, Inc., a Seattle-based company renowned for its inspiring books, cards and gifts. (Dan Zadra is the founder.)  Over the past 25 years, they have written many award-winning books and compiled or collaborated on more than 50 of the best-selling quotation books of all time.
Kobi Yamada currently resides in Lynnwood/Seattle, WA., with his wife and two children.  Family is extremely important to him.  He played soccer at San Diego State University (my Alma Mater) and in an NCAA championship, inducted into the Hall of Fame there.Kobi Yamada is the author of many books, including books in the “Good Life Series.”Compendium’s stated mission is “Live inspired: to inspire, educate, motivate, and celebrate the world we love and live in. We strive to set an example of hope, passion, and creativity in everything we do – from the products and programs we create, to the ways we make a difference for our clients, customers, and community.”  http://www.live-inspired.com/

Mae Besom
Ms. Besom graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2003 and began working as a character designer in Sichuan, China.  In 2007, she decided “to embrace her love of illustration and has been working as a full-time children’s illustrator.”  Mae uses traditional media, pencil and watercolor to create texture and light within her enchanting illustrations.  Visit her @  https://thewindinthewillows.wordpress.com/mae-besom/

Book Information: 

ISBN-13: 9781938298073
Publisher:  Compendium, Inc., Publishing & Communications
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)9685dd465749df80929098bd52d9df17

9 thoughts on “WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? by Kobi Yamada

  1. I love the simplicity of the cover. Looks like a great book with a great message. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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