ABC Books, 2021
24pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
There would be few in Australia who have not held their breath these past few days as the search for little AJ Elfalak went on and then let it out in relief when the autistic, non-verbal three-year old was found after four days. It was a time to hug family, small and bigger, a little tighter and see the world just a little more brightly today.
And that’s exactly what this new book by Lisa Shanahan and Leila Rudge does. It is early morning and the toddler wakes in her cot and greets the world with a enthusiastic “Hello world.” Then the reader joins her greeting all the things in her day with repetitive rhyming text that encourages them to predict the words, relate to the events through the charming illustrations and talk about their own experiences. Perhaps even create their own day’s story with the help of a parent and a camera.
This is just a pure celebration of viewing the ordinary through the eyes of a young one, to relive the joy in what has become a bit ho-hum and maybe even rediscover our own joie de vivre as winter finally rolls away.