The Path

A Picture Book About Finding Your Own True Way

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Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 05 Apr 2022

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Perfect for a new generation of path-forgers, this buoyant picture book from an award-winning author and New Yorker cover artist is a hip new take on the graduation book.

With an exclusive bonus print from Bob Staake inside the jacket.

On this playfully illustrated journey with Bob Staake, children and adults alike will discover an encouraging truth: our path through life is not only challenging and beautiful—it is all our own to discover and invent. 

"You will walk. You will walk along a well-worn path that many people have taken—and long before you." So begins this inspirational journey over gentle, grassy hills, through fields of wildflowers, over raging rivers, up steep mountains, and even through a dark, chilly cave. When it splits in two, you will have to decide what to do next—and you'll create a path that's unique to you.
Perfect for a new generation of path-forgers, this buoyant picture book from an award-winning author and New Yorker cover artist is a hip new take on the graduation book.

With an exclusive bonus...

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ISBN 9781662650635
PRICE $18.99 (USD)

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I absolutely LOVED this picture book. It's simple, but is filled with deep meaning making it perfect for all ages.
After reading this I honestly thought it would be a wonderful gift to give anyone who is graduating. I love the message and will most certainly add this to our school library.
Thank you NetGalley and Astra Books for Young Readers for my ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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“You walk along a well-worn path that many others have taken before you.” Thus begins this metaphorical story about life.

I fell in love with this lyrical story.

The illustrations show in dramatic detail what our path may look like. This introduces many opportunities for parent and child to have discussions.

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This is a lovely inspirational book that envelops an important life lesson. Award-winning author Bob Staake unveils the truth about a unique path that we can follow as we journey through our life.

"You will walk. You will walk along a well-worn path that many people have taken—and long before you."

The reader follows a young boy along a path as he traverses over lush grassy hills, through fields of wild flowers, over dangerous raging rivers, up steep mountains, and through a dark dank cave. The boy comes to a fork on his path and he has to make a choice which direction he will go. Unsatisfied with either he decides that there is another choice that he can choose? I wonder what is choice might be?

The author imparts to the reader that life has many challenges and also many beautiful aspects that can be held dear to our hearts. He explains that you don't have to choose the path that many others have travelled but you have the capability and ingenuity to create your own path if you so desire. The message is uplifting and positive and the book would be a perfect gift to give to someone who is graduating or making an important life change. "The Path "encourages kids to dare to be themselves! It's a celebration of the uniqueness of being you!

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The Path is sure to delight young readers with its lyrical text and bright and colorful illustrations.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions and mistakes are my own.

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Bob Staake offers young readers and their grown-ups a serene experience with his children's picture book, 'The Path'. Staake's illustrations, paired with his equally thoughtful words, invite readers along a visually soothing journey through a shifting path with an undetermined destination. This book will absolutely be enjoyed as a standalone story and its humble messages can also help grown-ups gently illuminate bigger concepts with young ones. I appreciated the light pace and length of this book during bedtime reading with my children. The details in "The Path' will help me describe many important themes to them: perseverance, resiliency, and the ability to choose how we approach life's celebrations and setbacks. The colorful pages and brief story are an ideal fit for younger listeners and readers and I believe the lessons this story uncovers are motivating reminders for anyone else listening in. I look forward to purchasing this book for our home collection and would highly recommend this story for elementary teachers, parents, and guardians to enjoy with their young readers.

I appreciate the publisher, Astra Publishing House, for the opportunity to enjoy an electronic Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

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This book is gorgeous, the illustrations are phenomenal, and the story is short and sweet but with a powerful message. Life is a journey , unique for every individual and this book captures that thought perfectly. Would make a perfect graduation gift or gift for any one undertaking any sort of life change.

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This beautiful and uplifting book will put a smile on your face. Not only does it encourage you to keep going despite challenges and obstacles in life, I also love how it acknowledges that everyone's journey is different and no two paths are the same. The imagery and illustrations are gorgeous too.

I love books that take me on a journey, and this one did exactly that. A wonderful read that celebrates life and its endless possibilities!

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Bravo, my daughter who is about to turn six loves this book. We have been reading about once a day now for two weeks. She loves the illustrations, and the overall beauty of this story. It has lead to some great discussions at dinner time also.

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A bright, beautifully illustrated children's book with a short but sweet message about finding your own path in life. Would recommend,

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This is a lovely book. The character starts out on a journey in which he finds beauty, danger, and obstacles, as well as easy to navigate paths. I enjoyed the illustrations, and felt that they added to the tone of each page and the author's message. This is definitely a book that I will purchase.

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This is a sweet and encouraging book about the different things we encounter on the path of life. It will make a nice gift for graduates or anyone needing a pick-me-up. The illustrations are very pretty, as well.

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This was a beautiful book, the illustrations were bright and colorful; the text takes us on a journey down the path of life which isn't always going to be easy. This would be a great addition to any library or classroom and would make a great graduation gift.

Highly recommend.

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The Path is a metaphor for our lives. Sometimes they are easy and sometimes it’s hard but eventually we all find our own way. This was a good story with a good message for kids in hard times. The illustration was beautiful and complimented the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and Astra Publishing House for access to this ARC.

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The illustrations are nothing short of stunning. They’re truly the highlight. Unexpected colors and textures fill every page. The book has a nice lesson, all about journeys and possibilities, obstacles and choices. It’s a lovely book.

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With vibrant graphic art, The Path leads you on a journey through the ups, downs, turns, and bends of life. A realistic and encouraging message for people of any age.
This book would also make a great companion text to Cynthia Rylant’s Life for any classroom social-emotional lesson!

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The Path is brightly illustrated and puts a profound idea quite simply. This picture book send the message that all of life’s path are different, are necessary, but we are able to blaze our own paths.

It’s a perfect bedtime story read, classroom title or gift for someone at a crossroads.

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