Anyone else feeling cooped up? Itching to get outside? Here’s a little treat to get you primed for opening the door.
If that cover doesn’t grab you, perhaps the opening spread with its collective first person assertion will:
we were part of Outside
and Outside was part of us.
There was nothing between us.
A child traipses through a mysterious and magical forest, populated with shadowy creatures and insects.
Turn the page to find out where the child is headed. An image of a car on a road winding through the forest, and the words:
sometimes even when
And the little girl, who was traipsing through the forest is now riding in the car, heading somewhere.
But where? Turns out, she’s headed home.
OUTSIDE IN is a quiet celebration of how we are all connected to nature, how it teases us with images, sounds, and scents. How Inside things like wooden chairs, wool, and water originated from Outside. Outside is playful when it sends “the sunset and shadows inside to play.” It sings to us, feeds us, nurtures us in so many ways.
And even when we forget sometimes that Outside is there, it calls to us. Then…
I love the choice of placing those two words on a white page facing the child standing at the door. And the ellipsis that lead us to—
and we answer.
I want to give this book to everyone. Ever y visual detail created by Cindy Derby is perfect, from the end papers
to the board under the jacket cover:
Every word by Deborah Underwood is poetic and expansive.
Get thee a copy immediately!
Collect twigs, grasses, seedpods, etc. and use to make a collage.
Create fairy houses with found objects from your yard, garden, or woods.
Pair this book with OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner and/or with THE HIKE by Allison Ferrell.
TITLE: Outside In
AUTHOR: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Cindy Derby
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020
Theme: nature, connection, wonder
Ages: all ages
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