By: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Illustrated by: Matthew Cordell

Published: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press


In this inspirational book, a young rabbit is looking for wisdom from the world around him. He learns that following paths will take you anywhere, but it is up to you which path you choose. He learns to be open to adventures and the magic found in the day to day. Knowing when to run away from something and when to run toward something is an important lesson as well.  All these insights are part of the path of life and that path will always lead you back to home.

Even though this picture book is labeled for Kindergarten and up, I feel the message is a bit too abstract for that age. But younger children will love the whimsical illustrations of the rabbit and his adventures and parents can find ways to explain the rabbit’s journey. I’m familiar with Cordell’s work and have always found his creativity to shine on the pages of a book.

THE KNOWING BOOK reminds me of the Dr. Suess book, OH THE PLACES YOU”LL GO, as it would be perfect for a graduation or confirmation celebration, or for someone starting a new job or looking for a new path in life. Even children’s books can be full of lessons for adults.

This is a book I’ll be hanging on to and sharing with our own kids that range from elementary age to high school. It reminds us all to keep looking ahead, stop looking down at our phones, and find the joy in the path we choose.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich – source

Rebecca Kai Dotlich grew up in the Midwest exploring trails by the creek, reading comic books, making paper dolls and building snow forts. She was a good student in school, but by far not a perfect one. Even though she was mesmerized with reading and words from a young age, anything to do with math was, and still is, challenging.

She attended Indiana University where she studied creative writing, art history, and anthropology while she worked in the student library typing index cards for the card catalog. After college she held many jobs; working in a department store, for a real estate firm, a state representative, and in public relations. After her children were born she decided that writing for children would be her life’s work, although that took many years to achieve.

Rebecca has written numerous poet and picture books. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and luckily her four young grandchildren live nearby.  For more on Rebecca, visit her website, HERE.

Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of many books for children as well as an author of others. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Julie, who is also an author of some wonderful middle-grade books that our daughter has loved. They are the parents of two children. For more information, visit his website, HERE.

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  1. bermudaonion on February 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    This sounds like a book that would grow with the reader. I need to check it out.

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