Isn’t it satisfying when you suddenly think of a really creative way out of a problem? In advance of Little Eli finally arriving on our shelves next week, we’ve been thinking about what this tenacious little dragonfly can show us about problem-solving.
Little Eli may be small but he has big dreams. In fact, for a dragonfly, you could say that Little Eli’s aspirations are sky-high. In his crumbling house, Little Eli sets off on three big adventures with a pack of cards, a box of eggs and a set of pencils. What’s the idea? To create towers as tall as can be. However, there are challenges along the way and it all seems to go wrong. But nothing can deter this dragonfly as Little Eli thinks of imaginative solutions to build his towers of dreams.
The most important thing that helps Eli out in every story is his creativity. It doesn’t matter how much mess he’s made or how far away he seems to have got from his original goal. By taking a step (or a wingbeat) back and having a rethink, Eli manages to see his problems in a new light and work out how to create something new, unusual and wonderful.
The best thing about thinking up imaginative ways to solve a problem, rather than either continuing to slog away or giving up on a project that just won’t work, is these extra touches. It might be neater or quicker, or it might look better, than the solution you originally sought. But most of all it’s unexpected. Any particular imaginative solution is one that no one else could have thought up. There’s nothing more satisfying than that!
Little Eli will be available to order from next week.
More about Little Eli:
- Little Eli: our first wordless picture book collection
- Watch the Little Eli book trailers: Eggs, Pencils and Playing Cards
- Wordless books like Little Eli foster children’s creativity
- Read about our wordless picture book campaign and some of the responses here, here, here and here
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