One Step at a Time


I chose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, to use in my multimedia post. In the story, Ari struggles through pain, love, and isolation; however, later in the story, he unearths his identity and what he is worth. The envelope is a symbol in the story, and it relates to Ari’s actions and thoughts. He’s always too anxious to face the envelope, and it displays in his actions as well. He never opens up to anyone, and he doesn’t who he is; however, when he finally uncovers the envelope, Ari understands who he truly is, and what he loves. On the front cover, I chose to use a dark blue as the background, to signify that the world is so gloomy and daunting. Next, surrounding the envelope is a luminous glow. The light represents the importance of opening yourself up (and as a symbol, opening up the envelope), and how that can take you out of the gloomy and daunting world. On the back cover, I drew a dotted line leading up to a light in the bottom corner. The line represents a timeline of different situations Ari goes through, and how his brother’s envelope symbolizes that he’s too afraid to open up. In the end, the envelope reaches the light, and it is because Ari has finally learned his identity.

*All artwork done by me expect envelope*

Photo Citation:

“9-1/2 x 12-1/2 Manila Envelopes, Catalog Envelope, Open End Envelopes.”,

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4 Responses to One Step at a Time

  1. Linie says:

    I like how you used the symbol of the envelope to connect with the theme of identity and finding out who you are. Also, I thought the design with a path which represents the timeline was really clever! This blog post reminds me of the time when I was younger and I didn’t know who I was because when I first came to ISB, I had no friends. Everything had felt really lonely and isolated until you came and made me realize that I was worth it in 2nd grade. How do think will happen to Ari and his brother after he opened the envelope?

    • Kelly says:

      Hey Linie! I think now that Ari opened the envelope, he is a lot closer to his brother, even though they’re still separated. I think here was just a part of Ari that was left with his brother, and since he finally found his brother, he found a part of himself as well. Thanks for the question!

  2. Hina says:

    I like how the book cover shows how the theme of the story develops over the story, and also showing the symbol of the book to show how the envelope is an important symbol for the story. I can connect this book cover to myself because for me to speak in English when I came to ISB in second grade I had to go through a path one step by one step to reach my goal, just like how it’s shown in the cover. Can you connect your book cover to yourself, or to the world?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Hina! I think I can connect to this because when I was younger, I had trouble with friendships, and I never wanted to come to school. However, once I started to really figure out who I was, and what kind of people I liked, my “envelope” was opened.

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