Petra by Marianna Coppo
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls!
Petra is an absolutely adorable upcoming children’s picture book. Petra is a tiny little pebble, yet she thinks she can be anything. She is illustrated as a mountain that holds houses, a queen, an island paradise, and some other fun possibilities. She considers herself an egg that can hatch to be anything- and she knows she will be amazing. She ends up in the hands of a little girl who paints her into different animals, and Petra wonders what she will be the next day. It’s a fun story that shows that the tiniest thing (a pebble) can be something as amazing as a mountain. She is tossed and turned into different situations that you would imagine would get her down- tossed from a bird’s nest into a pond, thrown for a dog to fetch. She takes the situations to become something even better each time.
One thing I will say is that I wish the author took the story a bit further. I believe it will be hard for some younger children to understand the point of the book without someone older there to give them the moral of the story, since it’s implied rather than stated. That can be a bit tricky for the age range of 3-7 that this book is intended, so it would have been a little better for a small child if the point was clearly stated, although any adult would understand easily.
However, if you are a parent and can read the book without your child and discuss it, they will definitely be inspired by the story that can show a child that no matter how small you are, you can become anything you want to be.