Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas

Book - 2015
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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.


Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9781771470629
Characteristics: [33] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kim, Soyeon - Illustrator

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_Alicorn_
Aug 31, 2017

Simple and engaging. 5 year old loved to read this and seemed to take from the message the concept of problem solving and the illustrations had him even more fascinated and engrossed in looking at all the details.

VaughanPLKelly Apr 08, 2017

A fun introduction to problem solving, using real-life animal examples that children will find interesting. It's a great reminder that we can learn from the world around us, with interesting examples based on scientific research. Let the environment inspire you as you try to solve your own problems.

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td_27
Dec 08, 2015

Soyeon Kim is an art instructor for children's art classes here in Oakville at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre! Amazing instructor!

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

"Encourages readers to be creative about solving problems by looking at the ways that different types of animals find solutions to their dilemmas, and drawing ideas and inspiration from their innovative behaviour." Kids' Books September 2015 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1041c1e6-0f52-4f9c-b755-c1628d7a9ac6?postId=8c10e2db-9729-46f9-a58a-3c53e447140c

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DawnAck
Jul 04, 2015

Blog post about this book:

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2015/06/2-new-picture-books.html

forbesrachel Jul 02, 2015

When it comes to picture books, there are some concepts that are challenging to teach. How to solve problems is probably one of the most difficult, because even as adults it comes down to the whims of our minds. Wild ideas successfully manages to convey some useful tips by saying, if you hit a snag, it's time to think outside the box, and there is a world full of examples that can spark your imagination. Sea otters use tools, humpback whales cooperate, and "baboons get guidance from their dads". Once again Kelsey teams up with Soyeon Kim who combines drawn and painted figures, cut paper, and other materials into a portrait with layers of depth. Their first collaboration, Are You Stardust, was stunning, Wild Ideas is even more so; the most beautiful example is when a group of whales circles a school of fish to gather and eat them. Kids ride on, play, and interact with the animals on each cheerfully coloured page. By using these creatures, Kelsey fosters the idea that they are like us. Animals solve problems in surprising ways, and we can too; use the objects at your disposal, work together, and ask for advice. There may be times when you get frustrated, and the ever elusive inspiration won't always help, but you need to keep trying because sometimes the solution will be something totally unexpected.

MariePat May 13, 2015

Interesting book about how animals solve problems. Visually stunning illustrations, but the subject matter is iffy.

BklynKalliopiM May 08, 2015

Soyeon Kim's diorama's in WILD IDEAS are enchanting - each page is full of color and delicately created scenes that truly ignite the imagination. Some may remember Elin Kelsey's YOU ARE STARDUST, with art also by Kim. A beautiful new book teaching young ones how to solve problems with inspiration from nature.

"Chimpanzees fold leaves to spoon cool drinks of water. Sea otters balance rocks on their bellies, perfect for cracking crabs...Problems that need solving will always be a part of life. Untame your imagination..."
Ideal for ages 3-7.

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