In this sequel to What to Do with a Box, Jane Yolen extolls the marvelous virtues of string, a material that can snag the spirit of adventure, lasso the limitless horizons of imagination, and connect us to one another.
The power of imagination conquers loneliness in this rhyming companion to Yolen’s What to Do with a Box about where a piece of string can take you. A girl uses a string to play games, ride whales, and take various adventures when things at her house are “incredibly dull.” When the resourceful girl is lonely, her cat offers to call using a string phone, dispelling her blues. Payne utilizes a myriad of media, including graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylics, and oil washes, to create a joyful interpretation of Yolen’s text. Real estate in the book is used to great effect through changing perspective and full-bleed illustrations that drive readers onward. Pair with Antoinette Portis’s Not a Box or Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s Also an Octopus for storytime. A delightful read-aloud addition to most collections.
–Jennifer Knight, School Library Journal, 11/2/2019