Little Worlds by Geraldine Collet

Géraldine Collet, Author

Sébastien Chebret, Illustrator

Magination Press, Fiction, Feb. 15, 2018

Suitable for Ages:  4-8

Themes: Imagination, Dreaming, Play, Identity, Empathy

Opening: It’s a well-known fact that everybody has their own little world!

Synopsis: A little world is any place where a child’s imagination is free to blossom. When Pablo wants his own space, he climbs into his treehouse and listens to the birds singing. Marion likes to crawl into a tent in her living room and build castles with her cat. Frank and Melvin retreat to their grandfather’s workshop and invent things. Clara dreams of stars and galaxies. Martin wears his knight outfit and takes on dragons. Books carry Lili to far-away places. Marek and Simon play on a wall in a war zone and dream of a world without war.

Why I like this book:

Géraldine Collet book shows a diverse group of children in their own self-constructed little worlds as they explore and freely play, develop their own identities, and learn to understand others. It is ideal for kids who just want to play, have fun or dream about possibilities. Sébastien Chebret’s warm and colorful illustrations are both playful and pensive.

Collet’s book invites lively conversations between children and their parents.  Parents will find her book nostalgic as they remember their favorite places to imagine, create, and dream. I think of my brothers heading to the creek and woods to explore the world, while I climbed to the tops of trees and sang my heart out. What a special way to listen and discover your child’s favorite places to dream and play. And it’s an opportunity to share your favorite memories together. When you listen, you encourage and your child to explore, experiment, imagine and pursue their different passions.

Resources: There is  a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” by Julia Martin Burch, PhD, with more information on ways to encourage your child’s imagination and identity, while also fostering a sense of empathy for others.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. 
About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

29 thoughts on “Little Worlds by Geraldine Collet

  1. This sounds like a fantastic book to encourage imagination to take flight and to get kids and parents talking. I look forward to checking this one out. Thanks for sharing, Patricia!


  2. Singing in the trees makes it sound like you might be part bird, P. Mom used to play paper dolls on the stairs to the roof in the building where she grew up. I like it under the covers in Mom’s bed. I do a lot of thinking (sleeping) in there….

    Love and licks,


  3. That cover is so adorable!! Oh my gosh I’m in love. This sounds so cute. Remembering your childhood (for me at least) is always, always something I enjoy. What an amazing idea to make a book out of it! Thank you so much for sharing!


    • I know what you mean! Childhood memories are a good way to bring “joy” into your life. So, writing a book is a no brainer. I think that adults will love this book as much as kids. What fun sharing stories with your kids.

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  4. Hi Patricia. The cover captivated me even before you began to explain the joys contained in this book. I love books that encourage discussion between adult and child – such a wonderful way for children to learn language, about the world and each other. I adore the thought of little you at the top of a tree, singing your lungs out. 🙂


  5. The cover is SO inviting! I always loved tiny cozy places for thinking about bigger things. Now, instead of a blanket fort I have a tiny study – with a big window to the world.

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