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.
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.
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.
"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.
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)
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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
"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