Stacy here!  I reserved the book, Previously, from the library because we like another book by the same author and illustrator, The Runaway Dinner.


Previously starts with Goldilocks and goes backwards through her story and several others.  It helps that we are already familiar with the fairy tales, like the Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella.  In fact, these are some of JT’s very favorite stories that we read over and over again.

Interestingly enough, each of the characters has an encounter with a character from another story.  It seems there are fewer than six degrees of separation between these storybook friends!  Sounds a lot like real life, doesn’t it?  Do you ever meet someone and immediately begin to find out what friends and acquaintances you have in common?  I’m very much reminded of that in this story.

Then the story goes even deeper, previously.  Goldilocks, Jack, Jill and all the others were little babies.  And the gingerbread man was a grain of wheat in a field.  And the dark woods that is sometimes a scary place and sometimes a shelter from the scary things is the birthplace of all the other inanimate objects in the stories.

In the end, Previously leaves you wondering and a little thoughtful.  It provides you with what-if scenarios to ponder.  And it gives you pause to consider that each person and each thing has a history that makes them who they are.  In becoming who we are today, our story has unfolded through happy, scary, dangerous, sad, or exciting events, previously


About brungrrl

First and foremost, I love God and my family. I'm married to John and mom to JT. Professionally, I test software. In my spare time I'm a photographer, yogi, runner, scrapbooker, crafter, and book lover.
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