Discover WHAT IF…? THEN WE… Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Possibilities

Creative picture book celebrates imagination, friendship, and  finding possibilities in the smallest moments.

Honesdale, Pennsylvania December 2018 – Boyds Mills Press is pleased to announce the February 2019 publication of WHAT IF…? THEN WE… Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Possibilities, an ingenious picture book written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrated by Fred Koehler.  This title will show readers how to create their own tales in response to the question “What if…?” and is a companion to the Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book ONE DAY, THE END.

“What if…we got lost far, far, far away, and couldn’t find our way home? Then we would become the bravest explorers in the world.” So begin the adventures of two intrepid polar bears. Traveling on a ship imagined from an iceberg, the bears encounter magnificent sights and scary situations. When a city made of crayons melts, the bears use pencils to create a beautiful gray world. When all the words in the universe disappear, the bears invent their own language. When something really big and really scary happens, they whistle and hold hands until it’s not as big or scary anymore. And when they find their way back home, they’re ready to imagine a thousand more possibilities.  

Booklist says WHAT IF…? THEN WE… is an “ode to imagination… (w)ith much to look at and think about, this is a good choice to discuss as well as enjoy.”


Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Possibilities

Boyds Mills Press * Written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich * Illustrated by Fred Koehler * February 12, 2019 * 978-1-62979-909-4 * $17.95 U.S./$23.95 CAN * Picture book * Ages 5 to 9 * Grades K to 4 * * *

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