Written by: Ishta Mercurio
Illustrated by: Jen Corace
For ages: 3-6 years
Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, STEM, Space, Growing Up.
This is a beautiful book about how a person’s world grows with experience. When Nanda was born, her whole world was her mother’s arms. As she grows up, her world becomes bigger, more magical, and more mathematical. Corace’s illustrations grow to be more geometric as the book continues, culminating in Nanda’s ultimate trip to expand her world.
Nanda’s world grows as she goes to school, learns new things, and has new experiences. The reader is able to harness Nanda’s sense of wonder about the world and apply it to their own, thinking about their place in our universe as well as the interests that make their own world grow larger. The illustrations are beautiful and diverse, and it’s lovely to see an Indian girl be the star of the STEM-driven life she’s making for herself. There is an author’s note in the back talking a bit about how Ishta became inspired to write the book, and the story behind choosing Nanda’s name!
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Ishta Mercurio studied dance and theater at Simon’s Rock College of Bard. In between homeschooling her children, she teaches writers how to use theater techniques to improve public readings. She lives with her family in Ontario, Canada.
Jen Corace is the illustrator of many books for children, including Little Pea. She has a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, and she lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.