This picture book expresses the joy of being together in the company of others in this world.
- Book Intro
(English) A lot of things
Everyone is laughing. I'm the only one not laughing. Everything twinkles together like the stars in the night sky, but I am alone. I close my eyes and hear a sound. It says it feels good to be one of many. Together they create things, ride the waves, and hum a song. I keep imagining where my mind takes me. I encounter a big cat swimming. We travel and explore the world together. It's fun. I want to continue being happy. I'm going to get along with everyone. I love this world with everyone in it!
A special message read from an ordinary picture book
A child who wants to be remarkable tries to reject the ordinary. Does this kid remind you of your childhood dream of becoming an extraordinary person? This book consoles everyone who wanted to be exceptional but turned out to be ordinary. You're not the only one who dreamt of becoming extraordinary as a child. All our friends were like that back then. It was customary in childhood to dream of becoming something special.
Our ordinariness helps us understand each other. It makes it possible for us to share the same memories and laugh about them together. If we were all different or unique, would we have been able to laugh together? Ordinariness, in the end, allows us to have a shared sense of sympathy and to be able to get along with each other. It is a joy that cannot be enjoyed by being extraordinary alone. Ordinariness is special. This ordinary picture book sends us a special message.
A book with two messages
In the author’s note, she says that this book is not just about the significance of being together; it's also about supporting those who find it challenging to be with others.
In the book, a child finishes imagining and runs home. The child is still alone. There may be friends at the end of the road but the child may change her mind again and be alone. Even so, the author wants you to nod your head. Just as a child in the book understands and accepts others, she wants the reader to understand and accept her feelings no matter what she decides.
Drawings that show the changing mind
By depicting the changes of a child who walks alone, this book says that we can make the world more beautiful and happier when we are together.
The child tries to look away as she walks toward the flowers and butterflies. She also tries to walk opposite a herd of goats. You can get a glimpse of the psychology of a child who seems to want neither to be understood by nor understand others, yet is still intrigued by them.
Now the child expands her imagination into being with others in the world and then changes her attitude. Through a child’s simple yet clear image, readers can feel the growth of an individual who stops thinking only of herself and changes to be with others.
- About the Author
(English) The author lives with a cat, a friend, and many other living beings somewhere between the countryside and the city. As one of many writers, she is working on picture books in the hope that she'll be able to create her own world. A Lot of Things is the author’s first picture book that she's written and illustrated.