What the World Could Make: A Story of Hope
by Holly M. McGhee art by Pascal Lemaître
Without fail, I always have an emotional response to Holly McGhee’s books. Each is more than an enjoyable story. There will be a personal connection. What the World Could Make is a story of friendship and finding wonder. And hope.
Two charming little cottontails, Rabbit and Bunny view the world and their friendship through the lens of the passing seasons. In winter, they marvel at the falling snowflakes and share a giant snowball. Come spring, the sight and scent of blossoming lilacs prompt the gift of a handmade flower crown. Summer delights of sun and sea bring salty sea pickles to savor. The ginkgo tree carpets the ground in autumn with golden leaves which invite an afternoon frolic.
Each season the friends are in awe of the wonders of nature. They wish that each special moment could last forever.
"No...not exactly. Not that kind of forever."
"I think I know," Rabbit said.
"You mean the kind of forever
where you remember it even after it ends?"
My World in 2020: A Story of Hope
Looking back on 2020, I realize that I have my own story of hope. While the scarf initials "R" and "B" obviously identify Rabbit and Bunny, they are also the initials of my husband and I. Here’s our story.
With the onset of 2020 we were dealing with cancer, the effects of chemotherapy and a suppressed immune system. Then the pandemic arrived and added more stress. The need to remain isolated became critical. Loneliness was inevitable. Remaining hopeful became a challenge.
Like Bunny and Rabbit, we tried to find joy in everyday wonders.