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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life Hardcover – March 4, 2014


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From School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—Ehlert continues to enchant children with her inventive picture books. In this charming autobiography, she gives readers a fascinating glimpse into her creative process and her considerable talents as both an author and an illustrator are on full display. When discussing the fact that a career doesn't happen immediately, she states, "Everyone needs time to develop their dreams. An egg in the nest doesn't become a bird overnight." Each and every page pops with her signature collages as she gives examples of her various techniques. "I use odd items to create texture. I splatter paint with a toothbrush or rub a crayon over my grater." This book will attract browsers, thrill children who already love her work, be the perfect complement to an author/illustrator study, and is a stellar introduction to graphic design at its finest. A small masterpiece that is a delight for the eye and ear.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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*Starred Review* Ehlert offers a highly visual presentation of her roots as an artist and her process as a writer and illustrator of picture books. She describes growing up with “parents who made things with their hands.” They encouraged her to do the same, providing her with good tools and a place to work as well as leftover fabrics, buttons, and wood scraps. Later, she went to art school and began to create picture books. Simply written and inviting, the text leads readers to understand her approach to creating books as well as her hands-on involvement with art throughout her life. Ehlert guides readers through the making of picture books, including gathering ideas, writing, creating storyboards, and making collages. Admirers of her clean, precise pictures may be surprised to read, “I’m messy when I work.” Illustrated with photos from her childhood, vivid artwork from her books, and found objects that she has incorporated into her collages, the colorful pages of this “portrait of the artist” are visually riveting. Creative children will find inspiration and encouragement here. And, short of a personal visit from the writer herself, this is the best resource available for any classroom doing an author/artist study on Ehlert and her distinctive books. Grades 1-4. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442435712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442435711
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
THE SCRAPS BOOK not only offers a look at process of the always innovative and creative Lois Ehlert, it's also an inspiring call to those young and old who love to create art of any kind. Subtitled "Notes from a Colorful Life," the pages of this book are bursting with various textures and colors that tell stories of their own as the text guides the reader. THE SCRAPS BOOK is perfect for lovers of Ehlert, as well as budding and seasoned artists of any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on June 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Where does Lois Ehlert get her ideas for her picture books? You'll find the answer in this informative little book. Each page is a riot of color and offers a bit of insight into how this creative person works. Art teachers and those interested in the creative process will find this book very useful.

Although the age group is five and up I really think an older reader will find this book most helpful. There's a lot of really great information here but you need to be mature enough to know what you are reading and be able to understand how to apply some of these artistic tips.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BEW on March 9, 2014
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This is an inspirational how to find art in our every day world. It was wonderful discovering the world of such an amazingly colorful artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Newton on September 15, 2014
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I love this inspirational book for adults from the incomparable and talented children's author, Lois Ehlert. As she says in the preface, "Don't read this book unless you love books and art."

I love both, and I have seen first-hand how her work has delighted children (and adults) during my 44 year career as a teacher and librarian. Although the books contains elements of autobiography, technique, and even a mock-up of a pre-production book page, what I revel in is her playful imagination and the insight into what makes her the artist she is. She touches the artist in all of us, even the one buried underneath years of self-criticism and doubt.

This book is a paean to the spirit of taking the inconsequences of the day, and raising them for closer viewing so that we can see the beauty and wonder around us. She makes each reader want to practice art in the way she has done. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
WONDERFUL little book. SCRAPS is part autobiography and all inspiration. Lois Ehlert tells us a little bit about her early life and how she learned to make and create. There are a few photos of her parents and of the desk and corner which her dad set up for her to work.

After that Ms. Ehlert shares her creative process with readers. How she works, and how she is always experimenting and finding ideas. How she begins, rethinks things, and proceeds to her finished pieces.

This is just a delightful book. It's written at a fairly advanced level but there isn't a great deal of text. The pages are filled with her sketches and colorful pieces and there should be inspiration and ideas for everyone.
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THE SCRAPS BOOK: NOTES FROM A COLORFUL LIFE by Lois Ehlert is a charming picture-book and a perfect way to introduce the concept of autobiography to young children.

In her beautiful book, the beloved author-illustrator opens her studio and archives allowing readers to learn how she creates her popular picture books. Combining historical photographs, scans of book plans and drafts, along with artwork from her books, Ehlert uses a visually stunning approach to describe her life and creative process.

THE SCRAPS BOOK would be a wonderful way to introduce the concept of autobiography to young children. Begin by sharing and discussing her picture books. Then, read her autobiography pointing out familiar images from her work. Talk with children about the creative process and Ehlert as an author-illustrator.

Although Color Zoo was a Caldecott Honor Book, she hasn’t won the ultimate Caldecott medal. Could this be her year?

To extend the experience, what a video interview with Lois Ehlert from Reading Rockets at http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/ehlert.
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Format: Hardcover
Summary: Lois Ehlert tells how she got her start as an illustrator, starting from her earliest artistic inspirations as a young child growing up in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Her seamstress mother and woodworking father gave her plenty of scraps to work with to create her own brand of art. Later she refined her technique to illustrate such classics as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Leaf Man, and Snowballs.

Pros: This little book would be a fabulous introduction to an author study on Lois Ehlert. Heavily illustrated with pictures from her books, Scraps made me want to go back and take another look at everything she has illustrated. Her collage technique makes art look so simple, kids would be inspired to try it themselves.

Cons: The text may be a little advanced for the audience her books target.
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I liked this very short, yet beautiful book. Lois Ehlert works with colorful paper to illustrate children's picture books using a similar medium to Eric Carle, but with a different look. The images Ehlert creates are bright, simple and jump off the page. She was trained as an artist, so I enjoyed her wide use of media. She uses all types of found and created images to create her art. I loved seeing the storyboard layouts. I recommend this book for mixed media artists and picture book illustrators.
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