All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

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All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

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It would be cool to do a spin off of this and have kids dive into all they ways that they are smart!

So in the book, cutting out bats out of cardboard, imagining being a monster, picking out one's own outfit, being sorry when you're naughty, building cubbies (I am loving other members of the Anglosphere tripping over that word, incidentally, having had to explain various dialectal differences to children many times reading books from North America), these are crucial markers of "intelligence" if intelligence can be said to exist for little kids, because play is their work. My friend told me that when she gave the book to her son to read it made him cry and not talk to her for an hour because it gave him all the feelings!This illustrated picture book is an ode the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are. I remember feeling so frustrated as a child because I wanted there to be more than one meaning of ‘smart’. A nice book pointing out that there are so many other ways to be smart than the stereotypical ways we generally confine that description to. Positively illuminating, this books glows with spirit and gentle reminders that each of us is special and smart in our own unique way. Fortunately now, there are many wonderful picture books for children that center around the idea of multiple intelligences, and today I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite— All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys.

For the readers who haven't heard the term before, cubbies is Australian slang for cubby house, which is the same thing as a play house. From the dynamic partnership of Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys comes a tender, funny, and exquisitely illustrated picture book celebrating the myriad talents that each child brings to the world, from being able to read or tell the time to being good at blowing bubbles. The reality is, for very young children all those abilities are intermingled and inextricably woven with play. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

It is a truism in education and education adjacent fields that there are multiple kinds of intelligence -- there's that whole thing about Gardner's theory of intelligences, and some kinds of skills and abilities that seem a bit abstract are listed: body intelligence, musical intelligence etc. And Bell means that, given the exploration of imagination, creativity, math, science, and leadership. Some of the ways highlighted in a pleasing rhyme include creativity, physical activities, music, emotional sensitivity, memorising information, math, and traditional academic knowledge . This collaboration between Davina Bell and Alison Colpoys is a celebration of what makes us us , of the strengths that we all have within ourselves – whether we’re dreamers, adventurers, readers or artists … The illustrations are whimsical and fun, with a beautiful colour palette. Learning your alphabet has never been so much fun as with this brilliantly funny book from a favourite author and illustrator Quentin Blake.

Rest assured, not everyone has to be smart in the same way – and sharing all the different ways we are smart makes the world better every day. I found that while some of the things listed as ways to be smart could be seen as silly, it's a smart choice to shows kids there's no one right way to be smart. All The Ways to be Smart is an earnest and charming book celebrating the joys of all the wonderful qualities that make children who they are. So this is a beautiful book, with a positive and affirming message about valuing difference and diversity -- but also, about meeting small children at their own level.

Having greatly enjoyed Captain Starfish, I was eager to pick up All the Ways to Be Smart, which has a bright, colorful cover that drew me right in. The pack, suitable for ages 6–8, is based around books by Allison Colpoys and Davina Bell, including All the Ways to be Smart, Under the Love Umbrella, and The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade. Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming … All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.

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