Friday, June 20, 2014

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

   You've seen Lois Ehlert's illustrations in a great number of children's picture books, if you've been sharing them with your children, or read them yourself over the past twenty-five years. Her book, Color Zoo, won a Caldecott Honor and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which she illustrated back in 1989 has become a classic among the pre-school set. In The Scraps Book, you can discover the artist herself in this youth biography featuring images and text about how she discovered her artistic inspiration in daily life, what materials she collected, and how she grew as an artist. Using rich illustrations and photographs, we learn how Ehlert went about using interesting tools and textures in her amazing collages, and how she still loves to make one-of-a-kind art in her studio.

    Over the summer months, when you have time to re-visit Lois Ehlert's books, consider reading this book and creating art at home. You don't have to be a child to enjoy the process finding the playful joy reminiscent of Lois Ehlert's creations!

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