The mind-boggling question of what infinity is provides the focus of Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford and Gai Swiatkowska (Carolrhoda, 2012). As a young girl stares at the sky, she wonders about the concept. Over the next day, she asks friends, family members, and teachers what they think infinity is. Inspired by the author’s discussions with kids about infinity, Infinity and Me introduces a challenging concept in a marvelous way.
I loved the creative ways her confidants explained infinity. The illustrations (pencil and paint?) provide a wonderful mirror to young Uma’s overwhelming wonderings. Ultimately, I loved Uma’s realization that for her infinity means love. What a lovely message in a complex yet simple story! I also enjoyed the two-page author’s note in which she mentions a bit of the history of the concept of infinity and shares what some other kids think about infinity.