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Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

Category: Book
By (author): Kelsey, Elin
Illustrated By: Kim, Soyeon
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Curiosities & Wonders
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens (2015)
Kirkus Best of 2015 Selection (2015) Joint winner
Publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Published: April 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 10.50in x 8.65in x 0.43in
Our Price:
$ 18.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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.

From The Publisher*An inquiry-based look at the varied and creative ways animals, like humans, solve problems
Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"An imaginative and illuminating catalog of various animals' problem-solving strategies...[a] heartening celebration of our kinship with other beings."
Review Quote*"The depth of the images and the surprising facts work together to create a lovely connection between the readers and the natural world."
Review Quote*"Owlkids hit the mark with Wild Ideas."
Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"Kelsey presents simple, powerful examples in warm, accessible language...beautifully presented and rich in ideas."
Review Quote*"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."