The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life (Hardcover)
— Kate B. is one of our most experienced book experts, with decades of experience.
Ehlert tells us of her life as an artist and she calls it a Scraps Book
instead of a scrapbook because her medium for her art is collage—hence
scraps!! This picture book/memoir chronicles Ehlert's path to
becoming an artist and then shows us her methods for creating a story
and accompanying the words with colorful illustrations and photographs.
Her end papers are pictures of her studio and her collections. She
features photographs of her parents and her childhood home which was
clearly filled with art and love. She shows us how to use the natural
world for art supplies and she describes, with complete joy, how art
chose her and made hers a colorful life. Don't miss this treasure—as
Ehlert quotes, "Art is part of heart" and her story is lovable." ~Kate
The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful picture book career. Lois Ehlert always knew she was an artist. Her parents encouraged her from a young age by teaching her how to sew and saw wood and pound nails, and by giving her colorful art supplies. They even gave her a special spot to work that was all her own. Today, many years and many books later, Lois takes readers and aspiring artists on a delightful behind-the-scenes tour of her books and her book-making process. Part fascinating retrospective, part moving testament to the value of following your dreams, this richly illustrated picture book is sure to inspire children and adults alike to explore their own creativity.