Secrets I Know
Perfect for fans of Liz Garton Scanlon's All the World and Amy Krouse Rosenthal's I Wish You More, this charming, whimsical story about one imaginative little girl’s magical world is sure to enchant readers young and old.Follow the girl throughout a day spent in her own backyard, and you'll discover lots of secrets only she can tell. For example, did you know that whispers hide in trees? Or that trees make great umbrellas? With a simple, poetic text from Kallie George and extraordinary illustrations from debut artist Paola Zakimi, here is a book families will read again and again and treasure for years to come.

Secrets I Know Details

TitleSecrets I Know
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Gardening

Secrets I Know Review

  • Kathryn
    June 9, 2017
    Just a sweet, quiet book with adorable illustrations.
  • Tasha
    June 7, 2017
    A little girl spends a rainy day playing in her backyard and sharing secrets with the reader. She knows lots of secrets like secrets are for whispering and whispers hide in trees. She uses the tree as an umbrella and then her umbrella as a boat for her toys. She and her puppy play in the sandbox and have a tea party there, the sunshine sweetening the tea. A friend joins her and they play dress up and then head outside to the trees once again when darkness falls and the stars come out.George writ A little girl spends a rainy day playing in her backyard and sharing secrets with the reader. She knows lots of secrets like secrets are for whispering and whispers hide in trees. She uses the tree as an umbrella and then her umbrella as a boat for her toys. She and her puppy play in the sandbox and have a tea party there, the sunshine sweetening the tea. A friend joins her and they play dress up and then head outside to the trees once again when darkness falls and the stars come out.George writes with a poetic simplicity here. In the little girl’s voice, she chains together the different experiences she is having, each one leading naturally to the next. It’s rather like a daisy-chain of a picture book spent outside and having a wonderful time whether on her own or with a friend.Zakimi’s illustrations are detailed and filled with warmth. The blustery and rainy day is shown as an opportunity to play outside and have fun, not as anything that limits activities. Even darkness can’t stop the little girl from enjoying herself outdoors as stars fill the sky. The use of just one backyard as the canvas for the day shows how large imagination can be and how much fun can be had.A simple book with lots of big ideas, this picture book shows how any day can be a special one. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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  • Barbara
    May 13, 2017
    Lovely illustrations rendered in pencil and then colored digitally accompany a glimpse into the world of a young girl who has many wonderful secrets to share with readers and her own way of viewing the world. While she points out how useful trees are when it comes to avoiding rain--they make excellent umbrellas--and she has a tea party with seashells, each idea connecting to the next idea and the next in an interesting way, she shares the best secret of all, which is that a friend is the best tr Lovely illustrations rendered in pencil and then colored digitally accompany a glimpse into the world of a young girl who has many wonderful secrets to share with readers and her own way of viewing the world. While she points out how useful trees are when it comes to avoiding rain--they make excellent umbrellas--and she has a tea party with seashells, each idea connecting to the next idea and the next in an interesting way, she shares the best secret of all, which is that a friend is the best treasure anyone could ever hope to have. After all, what's the point of having a secret or a special place if there is no one around with which to share it? This picture book makes readers think outside of the box and view the ordinary world around them from a unique perspective. The elegant yet understated language makes it a delight to read and one that quietly seeps into one's consciousness.
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  • KC
    June 5, 2017
    I loved illustrations to this book but the story just fell a bit short.
  • Sasha
    May 15, 2017
    A quiet, happy book about secrets. Secrets about trees, treasures, stars, and all kinds of umbrellas. Adorable, nicely representative, and fun for story time!
  • Sandra
    June 6, 2017
    Simple and sweet, won't hold any wigglers, a good sleepy morning or bedtime read.
  • KDV
    June 5, 2017
    Cute illustrations, boring book.
  • Pam
    June 1, 2017
    Lovely illustrations and simple text.Use as an example of circular logic.
  • Lynn
    May 20, 2017
    Too sticky sweet for my taste. Can't see it holding the attention of wiggly toddlers.
  • Read Ribbet
    May 16, 2017
    A sweet circular tale of a young girl suing her imagination about all that can happen in one's backyard. Its structure and use of language position this as a good mentor text for writing.
  • Paige intheBooks
    June 12, 2017
    Cute, but not a linear story, which I prefer for read-alouds.
  • Edward Sullivan
    May 3, 2017
    A charming story about an imaginative young girl reveals her many backyard secrets only she knows.
  • Beth
    October 7, 2016
    ARC supplied by publisher via Edelweiss
  • Nanci Booher
    October 17, 2016
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for advanced access to this title. Such lovely illustrations and a very sweet story. Fall is my favorite season so the book had me hooked from page 1. I can't wait to share this with kids at school.
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