There Is a Tribe of Kids
Children's - Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
1 volume (unpaged)
Make Way For BooksThis book grows richer with each exploration. Sparse text, consisting mostly of unusual collective nouns —"a smack of jellyfish," "an unkindness of ravens"—carries the reader along a surprisingly epic and emotional journey with one little boy looking for a place to belong.
Publisher SummarySimple text follows a young boy and the many animals he meets on his adventure through the jungle.
When a young boy embarks on a journey alone . . .
he trails a colony of penguins,
undulates in a smack of jellyfish,
clasps hands with a constellation of stars,
naps for a night in a bed of clams,
and follows a trail of shells,
home to his tribe of friends.
If Lane Smith's Caldecott Honor Book Grandpa Green was an homage to aging and the end of life,There Is a Tribe of Kids is a meditation on childhood and life's beginning. Smith's vibrant sponge-paint illustrations and use of unusual collective nouns such as smack andunkindness bring the book to life. Whimsical, expressive, and perfectly paced, this story plays with language as much as it embodies imagination.