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What If?

What If?

written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Roaring Brook Press


MULTIPLE STORIES . . . MULTIPLE STORIES. A story about choices from the "Queen of the
Concept Book."—The Horn Book

WHAT IF a boy found a beach ball and kicked it into the ocean? WHAT IF two seals found it and began to play? WHAT IF a third seal appeared on the beach looking for a friend?

In this spare and deceptively simple book, Laura Vaccaro Seeger shows us the same story with three different outcomes, each highlighting the possibility in possibilities.Youngest children will enjoy this visit to the beach and the chance to guess what happens when different choices are made.

What If? is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. This title has Common Core connections.

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Praise for What If?

“Simply gorgeous.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Another superb offering from this master picture book creator-no ifs, ands, or buts about it.” —Starred, Horn Book

“Seeger unobtrusively underscores each story arc with textured illustrations--sunlight sparkles on the water, gradually sets, and stars appear in the deep blue sky--and provides a deceptively simple but creative introduction to the structure of stories and how simple it is to be a good friend.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“This book will have many different connections and possibilities in using it with students, from character education to writing.” —Starred, Library Media Connection

“Subtle variations in the sun-soaked illustrations help readers see all the possibilities in this near-wordless title.” —Family Fun magazine

“It's the work of an artist who never overplays her hand, and the brushstrokes and possibly even finger strokes evident in the colorful paint give it an even deeper sense of intimacy. ” —Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger has been called "the queen of the concept book by The Horn Book and is the winner of many awards including two Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her books include The First Egg, One Boy, Green, and the Dog and Bear series.

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