Title: how to
Written and illustrated by: Julie Morstad
Published by: Simply Read books, 2013
Themes/Topics: how to guide, imagination, whimsy, wonder
Literary awards: Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (2014), Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (2014)
Suitable for ages: 6-9
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This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores both expected and whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including, ‘how to see the breeze’, and ‘how to stay close’ and ‘how to make a sandwich.’
Why I like This Book:
I love the mix of straight-forward and whimsy, a terrific blend of how many of us think. The artwork int he solutions is gorgeous and full of wonder. the children shine and the use of white or extended dark space is poetic. How to wash your socks has children dancing in a puddle wearing socks and is a favorite of mine. How to make friends is the cover image of a child drawing people with chalk.
Morstad creates beautiful and elegant unusual books and this is no exception. The ideas in the book are all creative and will invite children to engage with the pages. It may not contain enough action for some children but I would still share it with a whole class even if it is the more whimsical kids who will linger longer over the pages.
Sometimes kids need reminders like adults of the importance of contemplation. Especially nowadays. That you feel the breeze by riding a bike, become a mermaid by lounging in the bathtub, wash your face in the rain. Why of course you do.
This book will lead inevitably to dialogue, and why not a series of the children’s own how to artwork?
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