Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Infinity and Me takes you on a journey with no end in sight. One small girl, one pair of new red shoes, a star filled sky. A question in search of an answer: how do you imagine infinity? A racetrack in the shape of the infinity symbol is one answer; never-ending laps in a figure eight. Or, infinity could be licking an ice cream cone, forever. What if music went in a circle? It would be endless. How many stars are in the sky? Countless. There is no right or wrong answer, only more mind boggling questions!

Author Kate Hosford interviewed children in kindergarten through second grade for ideas about infinity and got a variety of personal responses. In this picture book for ages 5 and up, she captures the essence of the concept from a child’s perspective. Sitting under a multitude of stars, eight year old Uma starts to wonder, what is infinity? In the arms of a perceptive grandmother, she experiences her own answer: a love that has no limits.

The cover of this book hooked me immediately. Unique letter styles parade across a white background while one half of the graphic symbol for infinity encompasses a girl with red shoes. Open the book, and the back cover completes the symbol.

Inside, Gabi Swiatkowska’s illustrations create a visual ambiance, almost surreal. Page by page the art compliments Kate Hosford’s imaginative text. Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Best New Illustrator award for her first book, My Name is Yoon, Swiatkowska’s images are infinitely satisfying. She uses a child’s red shoes to walk the reader through Infinity and Me.

Infinity and Me is one of the New York Times’ Top Ten Best Illustrated Picture books for 2012 and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Here are more of Swiatkowska’s beautifully illustrated picture books at VBPL :


1 comment:

Kate Hosford said...

Thank you for this lovely review! Gabi and I really appreciate it.