In My World

by Lois Ehlert

The child-sized, die-cut hand on the cover of Wisconsin author/artist Lois’Ehlert’s... read more

The child-sized, die-cut hand on the cover of Wisconsin author/artist Lois’Ehlert’s newest book will immediately engage young children. They will want to touch it, to hold their own hands up and compare. Glimpses of the die-cut pages inside make it look as if that little hand has the whole world in its palm. “My world is made of things I like” begins the simple, graceful narrative when the first page is turned. Those things include creeping bugs, wiggling worms, drifting seashells, falling leaves, shining sun, splashing rain, glittering stars, and more. Each page has a die-cut image of the creature or element of nature mentioned. The interconnectedness of everything in nature–and in life–is underscored by the books astonishing and marvelous design in which the layered die-cuts suggest both the simplicity and complexity that is the miracle of the natural world. Lois Ehlert is known for her dazzling and unparalleled sense of color, shape, form, and design. She provides children with opportunities to expand their own experience with and understanding of these elements in each and every book she creates for them. She reaches new heights in this heartfelt acknowledgment of the wonders around us each and every day: “Thank you, world, for everything.” (Ages 3-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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