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Now Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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FIVE STARRED REVIEWS FOR NOW!
*"Portis perfectly captures how children experience the world, the immediacy and magic of it all; exuberant and quiet, simple and complex, and extremely satisfying." - Kirkus Review, starred review
*"Thoughtful without being preachy and meditative without being boring, Now should prove to be a favorite for today―and well into the future."―Horn Book, starred review
*"This childlike ode to the delights of living each moment to the fullest is an absolute charmer and, like Portis’s Wait, may even encourage adults to notice and relish the world around them. An essential purchase for group and individual sharing."―School Library Journal, starred review
*"Sweet, charming and destined to be a favorite."―Shelf Awareness, starred review
*"Cozy and subtly profound, this is perfect for one-on-one sharing."―Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Antoinette Portis attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney Consumer Products. Among her many books for children are Froodle, Best Frints in the Whole Universe, and Wait. She lives in Studio City, California.
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The book is pure simplicity with its concept and the art. The concept is used throughout the book, the writing straight forward and also celebrating something deeper too. It’s about a connection to the present moment and a joy in just spending time doing exactly what you are doing and loving it.
The art of the picture book also speaks to the connection with the now. Done in thick lines and rich matte colors, the illustrations show the playful nature of simple pleasures in life.
Perfect for those of us who love the book we are reading right now most of all, this picture book is about simple pleasures and enjoying the current moment fully. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Read this and then listen to the Rogers & Hammerstein song "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things," they go together quite well. The book reminds us to take pleasure in the small delights that can be found in the world. I can see why this book is being tossed around as a possible Caldecott contender. The illustrations are bold and bright, but also simple and Portis does a lot with unique perspectives. If you're having a bad day, or know a little one having a bad day. Pick this up and brainstorm some favorites you can find. I guarantee it'll brighten your day.