Whenever I hear these words, I immediately have the tune I wonder by Rodriguez go through my head. This can be annoying because the lyrics are not generally appropriate for the moment and Rodriguez, in my opinion, shouldn’t be singing his own songs (but that’s for another day).
At TSL we have a few books which feature I Wonder in different ways, for example:
John Samson’s collection of short stories, Cold Fiction inspired by Rodriguez’ album Cold Fact. Some of these stories are, like the album, hard hitting and not for the feint-hearted. If you want something to challenge your perceptions, this is a book for you.
At the other end of the spectrum is On the Farm by Lesley Samson: an author-illustrated book of rhymes ideal for little people learning about animals, counting, growing up and life on the farm in general. The rhyme, I wonder, introduces children to some of the sounds animals make.
Quite unexpectedly, whilst working on this blog I was finalising The Moon is Toast which also features at least two ‘I wondered…’ It’s incredible how phrases jump out at you when you’re multi-tasking.
Away from TSL books, BBC have an iWonder series giving background to events, anniversaries and answers to interesting questions. Having been involved in advising on two history pages (The African Queen supported by The Lake Tanganyika Expedition and The first German defeat in Africa), I can say these are well researched and as inclusive as they can be given the space available.
And this one caught my eye to read in the near future: I wonder as I wander by Langston Hughes