Small World, a book written by Ishta Mercurio and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, is a story book for children in the age group of 3 and above. The author has illustrated the life story of a young girl named Nanda in poetic, figurative language. It starts with the day she was born on and how she perceives her surroundings to the day she took her first step on a foreign land. This book tells the story of Nanda’s growth from a little girl to a grown up woman. It talks about how she gets influenced by their surroundings, as Nanda desired to be an astronaut, and saw everything around her from an engineering point of view. She started off with imagining a human powered helicopter, then moved on to flying a plane and finally set off on a space mission.
The vocabulary used in this book can be challenging for children in the younger end of the target audience, and will likely require some explanation by an adult, but overall, the book is well-illustrated and fairly well conceived. One can easily delve into Nanda’s life journey while reading it and understand how some engineering principles like iterative design and creative thinking were important to her journey. It talks about how her dream turned into reality and encourages one to push themselves to work for their goals, and it emphasizes the importance of support groups and tells readers how family and friends play an important role in shaping a person’s characteristics and personality.