by Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Genre: Artists biography/worklife
Summary from Amazon:
The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful picture book career.
Lois Ehlert always knew she was an artist. Her parents encouraged her from a young age by teaching her how to sew and saw wood and pound nails, and by giving her colorful art supplies. They even gave her a special spot to work that was all her own.
Today, many years and many books later, Lois takes readers and aspiring artists on a delightful behind-the-scenes tour of her books and her book-making process. Part fascinating retrospective, part moving testament to the value of following your dreams, this richly illustrated picture book is sure to inspire children and adults alike to explore their own creativity.
This is a beautiful book! It has not only examples of the art that Lois Ehlert created for books like Feathers for Lunch and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom but also shows some of the steps in the creative process she used for developing each image. Along with some autobiographical information, there are sketches, materials, inspirational items ... all the scraps that go into creating art. Each page is so detailed - there are tons of things to see, talk about, wonder over. It is really inspiring. My daughter also really enjoyed this book. It makes you want to create something of your own right away. This book would make a lovely present for any budding child artist you know.
Thumbs up! I plan to buy a copy for my daughter to keep.