In My World


Creeping bugs and wiggling worms, splashing rain and glittering stars?nobody notices the details of the world around them more than children?and artists.
Take a walk with bestselling picture book creator Lois Ehlert in this vibrant die-cut celebration of nature's many wonders. Complete with a simple rebus game, this gentle book of discovery will inspire readers of all ages to share their love for nature?and to...

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Creeping bugs and wiggling worms, splashing rain and glittering stars—nobody notices the details of the world around them more than children—and artists.
Take a walk with bestselling picture book creator Lois Ehlert in this vibrant die-cut celebration of nature's many wonders. Complete with a simple rebus game, this gentle book of discovery will inspire readers of all ages to share their love for nature—and to look at the world in a whole new way.

Describes some of the many things in the natural world--such as worms, seashells, flowers, and stars--that a child can appreciate.

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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)

From the Publisher
"This brilliant symphony in form and color provides a rich visual experience . . . This gifted graphic artist is in top form."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Ehlert highlights the wonders of nature . . . a few lyrical words and elaborately die-cut illustrations . . . bring it all to life."—Parenting

"Stunning . . . A wonderful choice for toddler story hours, bedtime reading, or preschool units on shapes or nature."—Booklist (starred review)

Publishers Weekly
According to PW, "Ehlert's work enters the realm of the abstract, suggesting the interconnectedness of nature through a complex blend of shapes, colors and images." All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This 8 1/2" square book has an intriguing cover. A small, cutout hand centered on a royal blue background is filled with a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors. As the cover is opened it becomes obvious that the colors and shapes are formed by layers of intensely colored pages-die-cut like stencils through which colored slices of succeeding and preceding pages appear. The text opens with "My world is made of things I like" and, along the bottoms of the pages, words are printed. On some pages the names of objects such as bugs, worms, sun, butterflies are found; sometimes it is a description of action such as fluttering, dancing, drifting. Especially effective is the page full of small round holes which is called "splashing rain" on the front and "glittering stars" on the reverse. The inside back-cover sheet is a rebus of the words and shapes that appear in the book. As the pages are turned the appeal of the book diminishes. The colors and shapes that appear in the cut-out spaces could have been given more consideration as to overall design and application to the shape they are filling.
—Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
Here Ehlert employs the same technique (bold-colored die cuts) that she used in her Color Farm and Color Zoo. She starts out with the sentence "My world is made of things I like." A globelike circle reveals an inviting array of colors and shapes. With each succeeding page, complete with a single cutout, the artist then goes on to demonstrate the things she likes in nature: a creeping bug, a leaping frog, drifting seashells, growing fruit, etc. Depth of design is executed by means of page overlays, so that the pictures build on one another, and some images are more successful than others. A few of the overlapping items are not immediately clear and may cause confusion. The concluding double-page endpaper reintroduces all of the words in a rebus format, emphasizing how important it is to love nature. But, all in all, this book is more of an engineering feat than an effective depiction of the interconnectedness of all living things.-Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"The world is made of things I like," Ehlert (Waiting For Wings) begins, then proceeds to elaborate: "creeping bugs, wiggling worms," frogs and fruit, flowers and rain, sun and moon. From the hand in the front cover to the constellations at the end, all of these natural forms are depicted as die-cut holes in stiff, brightly monochromatic stock, their cumulative overlaps filling the empty middles with dazzling abstractions of shape and color that change with each turn of the page. Though the holes are so large, and the margins so narrow, that tears are inevitable, this brilliant symphony in form and color provides a rich visual experience, enhanced by a large type, rebus-strewn blurb filling the rear endpapers. Despite the design problem, and a superfluous text, this gifted graphic artist is in top form here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152054298
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 451,816
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT is the creator of many award-winning picture books about nature, including the recent bestseller Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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