Lucky to Live in Oregon is not just a book, it’s an activity. Kids can draw, write, or collage in the provided spaces, and make their own summary of their life in Oregon. There are spaces to write about their friends, hobbies, places they have been and want to go, their heroes, their homes, and what they want to be when they grow up. Then in the back of the book, there are instructions to make a time capsule and ideas of what to put inside.
The book starts with a great idea, but kids’ ability to use this book may be hampered by its design. On some pages, the white spaces to write in don’t seem large enough to fit everything a kid might want to put in them. The illustrations in the book may also detract from kids’ additions to them, as the art is very colorful, bold, and has a distinct digitally-painted look. More subtle illustrations and more white space would have been a better way to go.
However, kids may not care about the design aspect, if the book is fun enough to fill out, and it has the potential to be great fun for elementary school age kids. Many of the prompts are inventive and fun, easy for kids to do, and the time capsule ideas are wonderful. This book will remain a keepsake for years to come, and may inspire children to write and draw more.
Whitney Morton Woodcock is an artist, graphic designer, and a
maybe-someday children’s book illustrator. She has a BFA in
Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota,
Florida, and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband
Brian and a few human and dog children. When she’s not reading (which takes up a lot of time!), she also enjoys cooking, yoga, painting
anything that stands still long enough, and planning vacations she
usually doesn’t end up taking. Her artwork can be found at WhitneyMorton.com and her pet portraiture business is at MaxfieldAndMadison.com.
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