Ideas Are All Around (Hardcover)

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I may or may not have cried the first time I read Philip Stead's latest picture book (spoiler: I did). The reader follows the narrator on a seemingly mundane walk around his neighborhood as he attempts to cure his writer's block. The resulting observations remind the reader that character, setting, and plot can be found anywhere - you just need to pay attention! For kids, adults, teachers, writers, readers, neighbors, those who practice mindfulness, and any combination of the above.

— From Ideas Are All Around, by Philip Stead


As an author and his dog, Wednesday, walk through their neighborhood, they look at sunflowers, say hi to Frank, a turtle, who makes quick for the water and disappears, and watch a train rumble by as they walk uphill to a big purple house that belongs to their friend Barbara. Wednesday chases squirrels while the two friends discuss fishing and war and how back before the neighborhood was there enormous woolly mammoths roamed where houses now sit.

Thoughts open up to other thoughts, and ideas are born and carried forward, often transforming into other ideas until he finds that ideas really are all around, you just have to know what to do with them. This title has Common Core connections.

About the Author

Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. His book, A Home for Bird, received four starred reviews and was called "a deeply satisfying story" by Kirkus Reviews, while his most recent book, Sebastian and the Balloon, has earned three starred reviews. Philip lives with his wife, illustrator Erin E. Stead in Michigan.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626721814
ISBN-10: 1626721815
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English