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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452106444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452106441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-This wordless book follows a boy through the seasons as he plays with his pets and finds fun things to do both inside and outside. Each page features several die cuts; the inside pages offer glimpses from the windows of the outdoor world, the outside pages offer peeks in. Frequently the glimpses inside turn out to be pictures the boy has drawn of the day's adventures. The gouache illustrations are chock-full of homey details that children will enjoy poring over. The cat is snoozing in a mixing bowl, the dog is sipping from a watering can, small birds are cavorting in rain puddles. Each of the inside pages offers the opportunity to search for two little white mice sharing in the activities. Perused independently or shared one-on-one, this lovely concept book succeeds on multiple levels.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* In this wordless picture book, a young child (who could be male or female and is of indeterminate ethnicity) creates an indoor habitat for a turtle, readies potted plants, performs a puppet show, and constructs a small sailboat. But what’s going on outside? Cutouts, mostly in the form of windows, hint at what equally fun activities the child does outdoors. From making snowmen and splashing in puddles to planting a garden and raking leaves, the outside scenes reflect the changing of the seasons, with the cutouts offering glimpses back to the previous indoor spread. At once detailed and childlike, the organic gouache illustrations on brown paper echo the child’s ongoing artwork, which is proudly displayed on the walls of the indoor scenes—but which, via the cutouts, we can see were inspired by the outdoors. While there is a loose story line, each inside-outside pairing inspires a tale of its own, with the recurring cat, dog, turtle, mice, and birds each playing a part. The opportunities for art projects, storytelling, creative writing, and other educational avenues are endless for preschoolers and even somewhat older children. This inspiring endeavor begs to be shared again and again to absorb every fine detail. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper

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My daughter loves this book and will ask to have us "read" it to her every night.
Alisa M. Brandt
As an artist, I'm very taken with the illustrations and it's been fun making up stories about what's happening on each page.
Artist Mom
The brown paper stock feels warm and inviting, almost as though the book is a kid's art project creation.
Cynthia Hudson

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This book was well-received by my nieces and nephews. It does help to be there to get them started with the idea of the book. The reader tells his or her own story based on the pictures. Now the older ones "read" to the younger ones asking them questions like "What happens next?" "And then what happens?" Fun and interactive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bh222307 on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the BEST children's book I have came across. I love it! And thankfully my daughter does too. We have been reading it every evening multiple times. We make up names for each of the characters and are able to create our own story. I hope to find more books similar to this one!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Inzer on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are no written words, but it the amazing detail in every picturemakes it so easy to create your own. It goes through the seasons and different activities to do inside and outside. My daughter loves creating a new story every time she opens this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artist Mom on January 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My three year old son and I are actually reading this book from the library but I though I would review it here. As an artist, I'm very taken with the illustrations and it's been fun making up stories about what's happening on each page.
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Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd is a great picture book to show the multiple activities children can engage in both in the house and out in the yard.

The house is for making art, caring for pets, reading books, and playing games. Outside play changes as the year goes on. Outside is where snowmen are built, kites are flown, gardens are planted and tended and leaves are raked.

There are no words; instead Inside Outside reads like an "I spy" game where pages are full of images that kids can look for and name. The brown paper stock feels warm and inviting, almost as though the book is a kid's art project creation. Boyd's illustrations carry that feel, as they are simple and whimsical.

Children will also delight in discovering the cutouts on each page, which provide a window from one world to another. For instance, when the child inside is making a boat to sail on the pond, he can see the pond, birds and trees out his window. On the next page he is outside sailing his boat on the pond, and he can look back through the same cutout to see into the house on the previous page, where he see the books on his bookcase.

There are so many delightful details in Inside Outside it should provide hours of fun over multiple readings as both parents and children discover new things each time they pick it up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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