Review! Wanda’s Better Way

Wanda’s Better Way
By Laura Pedersen
Illustrated by Penny Weber
36 pages – ages 5+
Published by Fulcrum Publishing November 1, 2017
Publisher’s Synopsis: Young Wanda is a girl on a mission; she wants to decide what to do when she grows up. Will she be a dancer? A landscape designer? Maybe a pastry chef? Her teachers and parents all make suggestions, but Wanda sets out to explore each option on her own. Along the way she invents a clever pulley system, a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and the best way to separate eggs. With the school career fair (and adulthood) looming on the horizon, what will Wanda decide? From the award-winning children’s author Laura Pedersen comes Wanda’s Better Way, an educational picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.
What I thought: I like the feeling you get from this book. Wanda really isn’t fitting into the different activities going on in the book – dance, cooking, and gardening – but she makes all of those activities better by inventing things. I like that she doesn’t get frustrated when she realizes she really doesn’t want to do the various activities, but rather looks to help. Wanda eventually decides she is really excited to be a scientist when she grows up. The realistic illustrations go well with the story. I like that it shows Wanda’s family as multiracial, and her brother in dance adding to the diversity of the book. Overall this is a lovely book with a great message!  I think it would make a great story circle book with discussion afterwards.
Five out of five bookworms! 

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