ONE DAY I WENT RAMBLING
By Kelly Bennett
Illus. by Terri Murphy
Bright Sky Press, May 2012
When Zane goes rambling, his friends call him crazy and refuse to play along. After he finds a shining star, it doesn't bother him when his friends try to tell him it's just a hubcap. Undaunted, Zane uses his finds to create a secret project that piques his friends’curiosity. After watching him ramble around the neighborhood, finding magic in the ordinary, his friends are drawn into his imaginative game.
“In our overly-connected 21st-century lives, we need to pull the plug and encourage the kiddies to explore their imaginations instead. Illustrator Terri Murphy ingeniously imbues Zane's beckoning world (so rollickingly created by award-winning writer Kelly Bennett) with sparkly rich colors and a delightfully multi-culti cast…”
— from Smithsonian "BookDragon"
“A young collector repurposes found junk, bringing his scoffing peers along on a flight of fancy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Zane is a truly loveable character with a huge imagination and strong spirit… He marches to the beat of his own drum and gets all of his friends marching and having fun right along with him on his imaginative journeys; finding interesting odds and ends, then creating stories about them.
“Not only is this book a great read, but can also be turned into a fun game you can play with your children. We have played the Rambling game several times outside and even inside on rainy days!
“This story is wonderful and the illustrations are outstanding. One Day I Went Rambling is definitely a must have for your children's library!”
—from Real Moms, Real Views
“A growing concern among parents is the way video games and electronic devices not only keep kids indoors, but ill-serve the development of their imagination, a key factor in creativity. That's why I liked One Day I Went Rambling ... for those ages 5-8. It is about a boy who finds all kinds of things while playing outside and how his imagination converts them into things like a pirate's magic ring. This is a great book for the very young.”
—by Alan Caruba, from Bookviews
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