Imagine by Emma MacTaggart

albert einstein“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

(Albert Einstein)




Great quote but what happens if your imagination was stifled at a young age or you have trouble using your imagination due to medical reasons or you don’t know what the word imagination means.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary states,

Imagination is

‘: the ability to imagine things that are not real : the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced

: the ability to think of new things

: something that only exists or happens in your mind

Have you ever asked a child, “What is imagination?”

Tommy (aged 5), “Imagining something that isn’t real.”

Charlie (aged 7), “That means you are thinking.”

This comes from two boys whose homes are filled with books, reading is a pleasure and who has a mother who is always filling their heads with stories.

Think about children or students who find imagining difficult. As a teacher during creative writing I would often read stories of children who try hard to use their imagination and will write, “I went to the skate park and did a 360.” In reality, they stayed home and played basketball. Their imagination was still thinking of real events, they hadn’t been given a chance to let their imagination run wild or due to medical reasons they find imagining difficult, such as children on the Autism spectrum.

Imagine a book which helps students explore their own creativity with no fear of giving wrong answers.


Imagine written by Emma Mactaggart

illustrated by Ester De Boer

The children’s picture book Imagine,  cleverly written by Emma Mactaggart and wonderfully illustrated by Ester Do Boer, explores the world of imagination, not by going through portals or in a fantasy land but by sitting and thinking.

Throughout the book, Imagine, questions are asked. By asking questions throughout the book the author has engaged the reader and opened up their mind to the possibilities.

Imagine allows children to use their imagination anywhere and anytime. And as the book states in the end, ” I’m handing over, it is your turn now…….”  giving children the tools and license  to use their imagination.

Emma’s book Imagine, exposes children to the world of creativity, exploring things that couldn’t possibly happen, but that it is okay. She turns living animals into non-living objects. There is no wrong answer when it comes to using your imagination.


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I often do not spend a lot of time critiquing the illustrations in a children’s book. My own art skills leave a lot to be desired and I would often ask students to draw on the ‘chalkboard’ for me. I think the illustrations in Imagine, are amazing, they are bright, intricate and full of fun. However, as I am uneducated in this area, I was rapt to hear professionals in the industry agreeing with me. Ester De Boer won Gold in the 2015 IPPY Awards for Best Children’s Illustrations e-book and in the Book Illustration Gallery an illustration from Imagine, is displayed in the Asia Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore.

Children’s book prediction and review.

Prediction – What do you think the book will be about?

Tommy (aged 5) – A kid is imagining things like a pet dinosaur, a talking fish and having a dinosaur-turtle pet.

Charlie (aged 7) – Imagine is about a zoo and there are big things and little things you see at the zoo.


It was crazy. I liked how it rhymed and I like the hippo in the bath. I think they could write if a dinosaur was a dog and a dog was a dinosaur then you could have a pet dinosaur. I wouldn’t want it to sleep in my bed at night though. It was a very, very awesome book. (Tommy aged 5)

It was good and a bit awesome. I think they could write, a crocodile for a bed and a bed for a crocodile, that would be nearly at the end (of the book) then it (the crocodile) would move when you were sleeping and on the last page of the book you would be going ahhhhhhhhhhh. (Charlie aged 7)

Reading Comprehension

I always enjoy asking my kids their thoughts on  the books I review. It is a great way to assess their comprehension and more importantly to see what pointers I have forgotten in my own review. The delight of Emma’s book Imagine is the fact she uses living animals and transforms them into inanimate objects. Which as we know is totally ridiculous and no amount of technology will be able to make it happen……I think.

While reading the book Charlie focused more on the wording and how engaging the format of the text was. He also answered the questions asked in the text. Charlie understood the concept that you choose an animal and change it into a non-living object and to add expression, I could see him visualising the word across the page, when he said, ahhhhhhh.
While reading the book to Tommy he  focused more on the illustrations, loving the hippo in the bath and laughing at the other animals.

Overall, if you haven’t already guessed, this book would make a great inclusion into any classroom setting. Creative writing needs to be introduced by a book like this, to give children the license to use their imagination.

For a FREE downloadable copy of the Imagine Teacher Resource book click on the link below

FREE Imagine Teacher Resource Booklet

For more information on the author Emma Mactaggart or to buy your own copy of Imagine click on Emma’s website below

For more information on the illustrator Ester De Boer click on Ester’s website below

For more information on ME, the Educational Consultant, click on my website below

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