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Ah, the hustle-and-bustle world we all live in. Who has time to stop and smell the roses, let alone find the time to teach children to go out and appreciate the world around them? Well, it's your lucky day, because we've got a little tip for you -- read a Lois Ehlert book. Vibrant and soothing, simple yet multilayered, they never fail to bring a gentle smile or deep breath of satisfaction.
This time, award winner Ehlert uses her die-cutting mastery to show readers some of the many things found in nature and how they're all a part of our world. Right from the start, it's tough not to be mesmerized. Beginning with a die-cut hand in the book's cover, Ehlert gives each page in the book a die-cut shape. As each brightly colored page is turned, colors and cuts found in other pages give body and substance to the shape in front of us. For example, opening the book reveals the world itself (a circle). Keep turning, and you reach a creeping bug. Turn the page, and the bug's eye is made from small circles found two pages earlier. Later on, that same eye becomes a leaping frog's eye, and deeper into the book, it's a dancing butterfly's antenna. Ingeniously placed page cuts allow a swimming fish to provide color to a singing bird, a glowing moon to give radiance to fluttering moths, and splashing rain to give body to a shining sun. At the end, Ehlert reminds us to rejoice in what's around us: "Thank you, world, for everything." Bright endpapers round out the book with suggestions on how children can get that extra interaction with the real-life things found in the book.
Young readers will be charmed and challenged by In My World. Simplicity and calmness is the mood, but children will find themselves in awe over the book's surprisingly complex engineering. Figuring out what objects they see will excite them to go outside to look for those objects in nature, and rich adjectives will help them put descriptions to their discoveries.
In such a time-sensitive world as ours, it's comforting to know there are relaxing books like this one out there. (Matt Warner)