Follow the Line

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Follow the line on a journey from the city to the country, from the sky to the ocean, from morning till night. Laura Ljungkvist uses her trademark continuous line style to create the perfect counting book for young children. Each scene contains questions designed to get children looking, counting, and thinking. For example, in the underwater picture, children can count seashells, turtles, and the legs on an octopus. Each page is packed with colorful, artful objects and animals—and young counters can follow the ...

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Overview

Follow the line on a journey from the city to the country, from the sky to the ocean, from morning till night. Laura Ljungkvist uses her trademark continuous line style to create the perfect counting book for young children. Each scene contains questions designed to get children looking, counting, and thinking. For example, in the underwater picture, children can count seashells, turtles, and the legs on an octopus. Each page is packed with colorful, artful objects and animals—and young counters can follow the line from the front cover to the back cover, through each stunning scene.

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Editorial Reviews

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With this entertaining picture book for curious kids and grown-ups alike, Laura Ljungkvist has created a striking piece of artwork and a can't-miss addition to any bookshelf. Using one long line that begins and ends on the book's covers -- and which composes the illustrations throughout the book -- Ljungkvist challenges readers to "follow the line" while spotting shapes and objects in various scenes. Ljungkvist's artwork is original and sophisticated yet still warmly accessible, and this picture book won't fail to deliver simple pleasure with a dynamic punch.
From the Publisher
"Harold and his purple crayon have nothing over Ljungkvist, who takes young readers along on a journey from morning to night, from city to sea to village, through page-filling scenes composed, by and large, with one continuous line. As child-friendly as it is technically sophisticated, this will appeal to counters and crayon-wielders alike." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Publishers Weekly
Ljungkvist's signature design element is a continuous line that sashays and scribbles across every spread; in Toni's Topsy-Turvy Telephone Day, it provided a phone cord and faces. Here, readers "follow the line" from "early morning in the big city" to a cottage "where, late at night, everybody is sleeping." Tracing the unstoppable line with a finger, or just with the eyes, readers proceed from the far left to the far right margin of each spread, and pick up the thread with the turn of a page. The meandering line traverses crowded highways, an ocean teeming with fish, a forest full of moose and rabbits, and a suburban town with manicured lawns. It zigzags to shape pine trees and serrated blades of grass, spirals into a snail's shell and loops to form a crab "deep under the water." Slight imperfections in the cursive line, which looks to be painted with a ripple of ink, keep this design exercise from seeming too chilly, and so do the retro color schemes and pleasingly blotchy typewriter print, which nod to '70s handicraft rather than digital rendering. On the way from dawn to dusk, Ljungkvist asks playful questions that turn the spreads into visual puzzles (e.g., "How many shirts are on the clothesline?" or "How many babies are awake?"). These games encourage lingering and can be parceled out in future visits to this simple but satisfying book. Ages 3-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Laura Ljungkvist takes readers on an imaginative journey in this stunning counting book. Children follow the line of vision from the early morning in the big city, through the noisy traffic, across the ocean, deep under the water, up high in the sky, and finally back to a little house where, late at night, everyone is sleeping. Each page is filled with exercises that teach children how to count and how to find geometric shapes in everyday landscapes. Readers of all ages will be enchanted by Ljungkvist's landscapes and colorful settings. Children will come away with a better understanding of counting, geometric shapes, nature, and city landscapes as they travel from morning until night time in Laura Ljungkvist's imaginative world.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Follow the line, indeed, as it loops, curves, and winds across cityscapes, landscapes, buildings, animals, trees, sky, and water-from early-morning traffic to night. Each deep-hued page encourages a counting of images printed over a busy, endless black line as it outlines figures (and faces) in a succession of graphics imprinted with complementary color shadings. The line simply propels readers on to the next image, question, and page, e.g., "How many striped shirts can you count?" "How many traffic cones can you count?" "How many cars have their headlights on?" An entrancing counting game with a search through detailed art, this title doubles as a vocabulary builder for the youngest readers and includes shapes, colors, and patterns in the search. Following the creative loops and squiggles of the line is entertaining in itself. Ideal for one-on-one sharing.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Harold and his purple crayon have nothing over Ljungkvist, who takes young readers along on a journey from morning to night, from city to sea to village, through page-filling scenes composed, by and large, with one continuous line. Limning simple geometric shapes, that line begins on the front cover, finishes off with a drawn "The End" on the back, and in between, outlines buildings, windows and faces, cars, street signs, sea and air craft, trees and animals-enhanced by colorful filled-in shapes that echo the drawn ones. Lines of text follow along too, inviting viewers of each scene to count flowers, fire hydrants, striped shirts, circles, bows on a kite's tail, kittens, stars and more. As child-friendly as it is technically sophisticated, this will appeal to counters and crayon-wielders alike. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670060498
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/4/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 416,823
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ljungkvist is a Swedish artist whose editorial work has appeared in The New York and Harper's Bazaar.  This is her third book for children.  She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    This book is alive

    Distinctive, that's what I would say about Laura Ljungkvist's follow the line. Ms. Ljungkvist's illustration has the freshness that children can feel and have fun with, and adult's can understand in a slightly more sophisticated way. The line acts as a common thread to keep everything moving and tie the pages of the book together, but its the use of color and graphics that make this book so outstanding. Ms. Lungkvist seems like a real artist here, more Matisse than simply a children's author. The book is both fun and educational for children and art-like for adults. For my money, this could be a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    Fun for both parents and kids!

    This book is such a delight. It is so chic and beautiful, the colors are amazing. As I was tuning the pages, I felt as if I was sampling the season¿s hottest colors. The art is very constructivist/retro ¿ tres cool, and the text is clean and simple (so nice after reading so many poorly written kids books). And, the book lends itself to different levels of reading. Now, if you have a long time, you can not only read the story, you can ¿follow the line¿ with your finger (especially fun for my 3 year old), you can count as instructed in the images, and make up your own little games as you go along. OR, if you just can¿t wait to get your toddler into bed, you can simply read the story, meaning the book can be read in about 2 minutes flat ¿ how great is that? Thank goodness talented artists & writers take time to do kids books like this ¿ it is a gift for both the parents and the kids.

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