How to

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By (author) Julie Morstad

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  • Publisher: SIMPLY READ BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 36 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 278mm x 10mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 13 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Vancouver
  • ISBN 10: 1897476574
  • ISBN 13: 9781897476574
  • Sales rank: 102,714

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This imaginative how to book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including 'how to wonder', 'how to see the breeze' and 'how to be brave'. With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will delight all ages.

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Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist known for her surreal, whimsical work. Illustrator of numerous children's books, including "Singing Away the Dark" and "When You Were Small" and its two sequels "Where You Came From" and "When I Was Small," Julie has exhibited her work in galleries, animated two music videos with her brother, filled up stacks of sketchbooks, and made countless pots of soup and many loaves of bread. She lives in Vancouver with her family.

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Starred Review - School Library Journal, PreS-Gr 1-A treatise on "how-tos," including how to go fast, how to see the wind, and how to be brave. More imaginative selections include how to wash your face (look up in the rain), how to watch where you're going (follow the movements of your shadow), and how to wonder (gaze at the night sky). Morstad's spare text and whimsical fine-line drawings with pastel enhancements portray children encountering new experiences enriched with whimsy and quiet wit. This guide will engage and delight youngsters. Ideal for one-on-one sharing, it will be read again and again. Starred Review - KIRKUS REVIEW Smart, clean design and a text built around unpunctuated phrases offer room to pause, ponder and discuss in this book of quiet joy. Ample white space foregrounds a multicultural cast, whose patterned clothing, props and minimal, but visually exciting, settings take center stage. In the opening spread, "how to go fast," readers consider options as eight youngsters whoosh by, one riding a scooter, another navigating stilts, a third sporting butterfly wings. The parade's leader is nearly off the page. "How to see the wind" prompts conversation about the kites, grass and hair shown at various angles--and the metaphysical question itself. Morstad explores topics of interest to children, from "staying close" (two girls sharing one braid) to disappearing--a scene in which meaning comes first from the curtained image; the text is nearly invisible. She intersperses colorful backgrounds, as well as single- and double-spread compositions for an overall effect that elicits anticipation at every turn. As in this Canadian's illustrations for the work of other authors (Caroline Woodward's Singing Away the Dark, 2010; Sara O'Leary's When I Was Small, 2012), the characters' delicate features exhibit an absorption in their activities that simultaneously signals the seriousness and satisfaction of concentration. The "be happy" conclusion p