Saturday, March 28, 2015

Owl Kids Book ARC Review Wild Ideas (Elin Kelsey)

Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your ThinkingHardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Owlkids Books

From the creators of You Are Stardust comes a new informational picture book that brings the big ideas of their first book down to earth. Wild Ideaslooks deep into the forests, skies and oceans to explore how animals solve problems. Whether it’s weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish, or leaping boldly into a new situation, the animals featured (including the orangutan, humpback whale and gibbon) can teach us a lot about creative problem solving tools and strategies.LikeYou Are Stardust, this book uses lyrical text grounded in current science alongside wonderfully detailed art to present problems as doorways to creative thinking. Wild Ideas encourages an inquiry-based approach to learning, inviting readers to indulge their sense of wonder and curiosity by observing the natural world, engaging with big ideas and asking questions. An author’s note at the end delves deeper into the research behind the text. 

Erin Kelsey, PhD, is an internationally respected spokesperson for hope and the environment as well as the acclaimed author of You Are Stardust and Not Your Typical Book about the Environment, among other award-winning books. She consults around the world on environmental projects and loves to explore nature with kids wherever she goes. She lives in Pacific Grove, California. 

Soyean Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist and art educator who specializes in work that merges real-world materials, fine sketching, and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional dioramas. Her previous children's books include Is This Panama? and You Are Stardust, for which she won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award. 

Wild Ideas is a children's book about how animals face their problems and how they use their imagination to solve the problems. Wild Ideas is full of beautiful, bright colored illustrations and the illustrator uses real items to create the background of the story. 

The story teaches children to really think about problems and helps them to think of ways to resolve the problem. 

"Step outside. 
 If squirrels can learn to cross roads by watching people, what can you learn by watching squirrels?"

Wild Ideas introduces all kinds of animals and their behaviors to children. It also shows how intelligent animals really are and how they survive and adapt to their surroundings. It also expresses how animals need family and friends just like humans do and that they recognize and care for their parents. 

Another huge part of this story is the use of imagination. The author really shows how the animals use their imagination when faced with a problem and how it helps them to resolve the problem they were facing. I really enjoyed Wild Ideas and I think it will grab and hold the attention of small children well. 

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to So Cal Public Relations/Owl Kids Books for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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