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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Everyday Imagination - The Green Scarf by Heather Lester is a children’s illustrated book about a boy whose parent tells him to do something besides watch TV. For a while he wanders about the house, wondering what he could do to fill the time. In a living room with things like toy cars, comic books, a hula hoop and even badminton gear, he finds a green scarf hanging off a coat rack and picks it for his entertainment. Using his imagination, he spends the day in a dream world, pretending he is off on adventures and having a great time.
Of course many might support this story because it rejects the “evils of today’s electronics”, pushing them aside and instead relying totally on one’s imagination. While not espousing this argument, I remember growing up with nothing more than sticks, rocks and pretend guns, while having a grand time with friends. That’s all we knew because that's all there was. This book takes a balanced approach—yes, there is television, (and yes, my parents had TV), but there is ample time to explore one’s imagination using the simplest things. By giving one example of what a child could imagine using a scarf, the book also hints at other things in the living room which could create just as many adventures. Everyday Imagination - The Green Scarf by Heather Lester is also filled with excellent and detailed artwork, drawing in the reader and providing a visual feast. This book is highly recommended.