The Scraps Book

Notes from a Colorful Life (2014)
The Scraps Book

 

This fascinating autobiography looks at the artwork of Wisconsin author/illustrator Lois Ehlert.  It starts with Lois' thought that maybe she could someday create a book after reading all the books at the library.  Her mom and dad had multiple scraps of fabric lace, wood, and various art supplies which allowed her to create at an early age.  She explains where she got ideas for several of her books (a squirrel actually was in her house!).  She explains how with collage, her preferred method of design, she can use whatever is around her to illustrate her books.  Lois has illustrated 35 picture books in her career, and received a Caldecott Honor for Color Zoo. 

 

My personal favorite?  Definitely Top Cat!  Recommended for fans of Ehlert, and also for teachers doing an author study.

 

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