When I Look Up

When I Look Up


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From the author and illustrator of I WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY TO SEE YOU comes a book about imagination, dreaming and acceptance.

What do you see when you look up?

Where does your imagination take you?

What do you wish for?

A story about dreaming of beautiful things,
and about being happy with what you’ve got.
For sky gazers ages 5 years and up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605374758
Publisher: Clavis
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.42(h) x (d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ellen DeLange has been fascinated by picture books ever since she was a child growing up in the Netherlands. In the attic of her home she assembled a small library and shared her collection with friends and family. As an adult she started traveling and expanded her library with picture books from all over the world. Ellen also enjoyed inventing her own stories and was encouraged by her daughter to write her first picture book, A Story with a Tale. Ellen has a doctorate in medical sciences, and currently lives in Canada where she loves to walk in the woods with her Jack Russell terriers, drink lots of tea after a busy day, and sail on the ocean to clear her mind. When I Look Up is her third book.
Jenny Meilihove is a freelance illustrator from Israel. Her father first taught her how to draw and instilled a love of art by taking her to galleries when she was a child. Later she majored in Illustration at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Now Jenny makes illustrations for games, home décor, and paper goods. But illustrating children’s books is what she loves the most. She wants her art to bring joy and happiness to everyone. When she’s not busy making art, Jenny loves to sleep and to have tea with cookies. Even when she’s asleep, she sometimes dreams about having tea with cookies.

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When I Look Up 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 23 days ago
In this picture book, a young girl looks all around her and sees the wonder in her world. She uses her lively imagination to expand on what she sees; for example, after noticing a fly on the ceiling, this child wonders what it would be like to be able to walk upside down. At the end of this simple story, our narrator comments that everything that she needs to make her happy is right in front of her...and how uplifting is that. The illustrations have bright colors and are the perfect accompaniment to the text. Young children will enjoy this story of noticing the amazing things in their daily lives. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read in exchange for an honest review.
Gorelenore 25 days ago
Short review for a short youth book. This was a great read. It starts off as a little girl hopes and dreams and imagines what it is be like to be all sorts of things she finds in the sky or when she looks up. in the end though she realizes that she is happy with what she has. It is a beautiful concept and message that I think should be shared with children. The images are vibrant and fun and can be interactive with your kids as you read. It will capture their imagination and yours as you read and then end with a wonderful message for everyone to think about.
RicohReads 27 days ago
Great idea for a book. To look beyond where we place our feet. Written for under fives. Time to become emboldened and look outside our known world. To learn to Wish, Imagine, Wonder and Dream. Not easy concepts but shared in a spirit of safety and fun. With the safety net of the here and now, surrounded by things we love and those who love us and keep us safe. The child in the book does not have a name and her story can be the one each toddler embraces and shared with an adult from a place of security. This idea of day dreaming is not a idle pleasure or a sense of wanting things others have for ourselves. It is a healthy aspect of humanity and being alive. We see a plane and long to travel somewhere far away or remember a recent holiday. I remember going through Hounslow walking to Twickenham for a rugby game. Everyone local was about their business. Every minute or so a large plane passed overhead, airline clearly visible and faces at the windows. No-one seemed to bother with them, zoned out as too common a sound and sight. I looked up every time. A book to remind us to be children again and engage our imaginations and wonder about the things about us. Words and drawings to engage thoughts and ideas to fashion creativity and dream dreams. It reminds me of a biblical verse in the prophesy of Joel Chapter2. The Day of the LORD Verse 28 “Then it will come about at a later time that I will pour out my Spirit on every person. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your elderly people will dream dreams, and your young people will see visions.” Nothing religious in this book mind but the means to make something of our children through their own imaginations and the freedom to question, wonder and see.
Anonymous 3 months ago
It started out really cute, but then the colors dulled and without the effect of rhyme it quickly became boring. I wanted to like it, I loved the idea behind it but it just fell flat. The images became kind of awkward as the book progressed (especially the page with the rainbow, it looks like the rainbow is coming out of her head and why is she inside a hole in the ground?). Overall disappointed.
Robin Letourneau 3 months ago
Full of wonder and imagination, just like most little ones! This book has adorable illustrations, and walks through all the curiosity and possibilities little minds conjure up when seeing a spectacular (or completely ordinary) sight. From clouds that look like animals, to wondering what it's like to be a giraffe, this book will spark conversations with your little ones about all sorts of things. **Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book to read in return for my honest review.
Michele-G 3 months ago
This was a really cute book which encouraged creativity and imagination. It talked about wondering what different things you can imagine, see and dream about. It went through the entire book discussing how you use your imagination to make the world a larger place. However, in the end, it also says that you can still be happy for everything that you have "right in front of you." This line is so true and makes one also realize that even though it is good to dream, it is also good to appreciate what you have. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.