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Wild Ideas
Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking
By (author): Elin Kelsey Illustrated by: Soyeon Kim
9781771470629 Hardcover, Dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Curiosities & Wonders Apr 15, 2015
$18.95 CAD
Active 8.25 x 10.25 x 0.44 in | 394 gr 32 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2015 Kirkus Best of 2015 Selection 2015, Joint winner
From the creators of You Are Stardust comes a new informational picture book that brings the big ideas of their first book down to earth. Wild Ideas looks deep into the forests, skies and oceans to explore how animals solve problems. Whether it’s weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish, or leaping boldly into a new situation, the animals featured (including the orangutan, humpback whale and gibbon) can teach us a lot about creative problem solving tools and strategies.

Like You Are Stardust, this book uses lyrical text grounded in current science alongside wonderfully detailed art to present problems as doorways to creative thinking. Wild Ideas encourages an inquiry-based approach to learning, inviting readers to indulge their sense of wonder and curiosity by observing the natural world, engaging with big ideas and asking questions. An author’s note at the end delves deeper into the research behind the text.

Dr. Elin Kelsey is a consultant with over 20 years of experience in environmental education. She has worked at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Calgary Zoo, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in CA and Royal Roads University in BC, she is a frequent speaker on topics related to bio-diversity and wildlife conservation. She lives in Pacific Grove, CA.

Contributor Website

Soyeon Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials and fine sketching and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto.

"Speaks directly to young readers in a carefully constructed, elegant, accessible language that transcends the ordinary and demonstrates not even the slightest hint of condescension... This is a work that will be read and examined again and again, with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful." - Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"An imaginative and illuminating catalog of various animals' problem-solving strategies...[a] heartening celebration of our kinship with other beings." - Brain Pickings

"The depth of the images and the surprising facts work together to create a lovely connection between the readers and the natural world." - The Boston Globe

"Owlkids hit the mark with Wild Ideas." - The National Post

"Although most readers will be drawn to this book because of the animal content, they might pick up some problem-solving skills in the process." - School Library Journal

"Kelsey presents simple, powerful examples in warm, accessible language...beautifully presented and rich in ideas." - Booklist

"Encourages children to think creatively about solving their own problems and to use animals as inspiration and example...This is a nice addition to beginning science classrooms." - The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

"This book introduces innovative thinking and problem-solving." - Library Media Connection

"Delightful and though-provoking." - Quill & Quire

"Young kids who like to write stories will be interested in this beautiful book." - San Francisco Book Review

"The perfect mixture of science and storytelling that children will love to read and parents and teachers will love to use as a teach tool." - South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Entertaining as it is informative...a truly exceptional and highly recommended addition to family, school, and community library collections." - MIdwest Book Reviews

"The illustrations are three-dimensional dioramas that are sure to spark plenty of creative ideas." - Ithaca Child

"After exploring this contemplative, inspirational book, readers will be up for any challenge." - The National Reading Campaign

"Delightful dioramas bring the book's accessible prose to life." - Science Magazine

"Would also make an excellent part of a unit or discussion on problem solving." - Resource Links

"Each statement supported by scientific fact is woven into the whimsical world of Kim's visuals. This book frees us to be more than we thought we could be." - Librarian's Quest

"A wonderful and unique picture will enjoy every page." - The Write Path

"Elin Kelsey crafts lyrical prose to expose our youth to the 'magic' of science...a brilliant book." - Critical Blast

"A timely resource for classrooms, libraries and families that invites readers to indulge their sense of wonder and curiosity." -

"Imaginative and inspiring." -

"This is one outstanding children's book...if this team continues tithe their publications both the incredible will happen and, fingers crossed, miracles will come about." - Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"Beautiful." -

"A beautiful picture book that will encourage young readers to explore and connect with the natural world." - Allison's Book Bag

"Kelsey presents simple, powerful examples in warm, accessible language...beautifully presented and rich in ideas." - Curling Up With A Good Book blog

"A strong voice and an angle that makes it different from other books...a fun book to discuss in science and environmental studies." - The International Educator

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