Opposites Abstract

Opposites Abstract

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Hyperion Books for Children October 2021
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Mo Willems, award-winning, best-selling author/illustrator and inaugural Education Artist-in-Residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, delivers a masterfully inquisitive look at opposites.

Is this dark? Is this light? Is this soft? Is this hard? Using colors, shapes, lines and textures, Willems invites readers to explore abstract concepts through eye-popping, emotive, and highly-accessible artwork. This all-ages concept book is perfect for readers young or old, big or small, or any other set of opposites.---from the publisher

24 pages                                         978-1368070973                         Ages 3-6

Keywords:  opposites, concepts, colors, shapes, 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old


Think about the usual opposites we teach to children:  in/out, up/down, high/low..  They are all words about perspective and making sense of our world.

This startling book grabs a word, illustrates it, and then offers up its opposite- and the magic in the space in between is how you choose to look at, to see, to accept it.

“Is this dark?”

“Is this light?”

What do you think?  How do you see it?

Framed spaces challenge us to dig into what we expect to see, what we are open to see, and give our children the wondrous experience of deciding for themselves….and even considering another way of seeing it.

If there is more than one way to see dark and light, what else could we see differently?

It’s smart.  It challenges the usual.  It hopefully opens up all kinds of freedom and possibility and stretching of the mind.  Go Mo Go.

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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