The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

by Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert’s creative journey began in early childhood and continues today.... read more

Lois Ehlert’s creative journey began in early childhood and continues today. Here, she offers an open, inviting look at some of her own work as an artist creating books for children. Page spreads dazzle with Ehlert’s colorful collage art, including images from some of her best-known books along with a brief, friendly narrative about where the idea came from and how it developed. There is a scrapbook feel to the assorted illustrations, personal photographs, and notes in an offering that is a collage both visually, and in the content that combines insight into her personal journey as an artist with information about how her art and her books take shape. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Chaos can lead to beautiful creations. This treasure trove feels like a love letter to the beauty all around us, and to young artists, who are encouraged to “find your own spot to work and begin.” (Ages 4–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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