Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
One of my daughters enjoys math, science, and thinking about seemingly abstract concepts in practical terms. I brought home the picture book Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, thinking it would be particularly suited to capture her interest. In it, a young girl named Uma stares at the night sky dotted with stars and asks how many there are. Maybe as many as infinity? And then she begins to wonder how other people imagine infinity.
She performs her own research, asking her friends, Grandma, school staff, and ponders their unique responses. Her friend Sam introduces her to the infinity symbol and Grandma explains how infinity reminds her of their family tree. Other ideas about infinity make her head hurt, like her music teacher's idea of infinity as music that goes in a circle and never ends.
Throughout the narrative, Uma is waiting for someone to notice her shiny, red shoes and comment on them, which of course, Grandma inevitably does because grandmothers seem to notice everything. Uma’s focus on something so small like the red shoes and her philosophizing about something so big as the night sky combine to create a fascinating story. At the very least, this was an entertaining read, but hopefully it will be a springboard to additional thoughts and conversations. We thoroughly enjoyed Gabi Swiatkowska’s lovely illustrations, which complemented Hosford’s charming text.