May 6, 2021


Grasshopper by Tatiana Ukhova is a wordless story of compassion, emotional growth, and understanding.

Told through a mixture of full-page bleeds and smaller panels, readers follow a young child as she explores the natural world around her. When she finds a caterpillar and places it on an anthill, she learns that her actions have consequences. Later when she captures a grasshopper and its leg falls off, she decides to put it in a glass jar to protect it from the ants. But as the day goes on, the girl quickly learns that everyone deserves to be free and nature is designed to be wild.

Since the book takes place outside, Ukhova gets to flex her color skills and show off a variety of natural hues, specifically a whole array of greens and blues (which really makes the child's red hair pop!). Equally impressive is the diverse assortment of visual perspectives Ukhova offers readers. Seeing events through the eyes of the child and the grasshopper and even the cat allows for a less biased account of events that holds the girl responsible for her actions and drives home the main message of the book to treat everyone and everything with respect.

Grasshopper published earlier this week from Greystone Kids!

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