Outside in

Deborah Underwood

Book - 2020

Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
ISBN
9781328866820
1328866823
Main Author
Deborah Underwood (author)
Other Authors
Cindy Derby (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Lovely, expressionistic art and poetic prose invite readers to contemplate nature's mystique and its role in everyday life, which is often taken for granted or goes unnoticed. The opening scenes set the pensive tone—"Sometimes even when we're outside . . . / we're inside. / We forget Outside is there"—while Derby's illustrations show a road surrounded by trees, followed by a girl in close-up, inside a car. In her home, the girl's experiences highlight how Outside makes itself known, such as when birds are silhouetted against a window, or is interwoven into daily indoor life, from the food we eat to what we wear ("Outside cuddles us / in clothes, / once puffs of cotton"). Ultimately, the girl heads outdoors, drawn to explore what's there. Through an evocative mix of aqueous washes and richer, more saturated tones, the color-washed, loose-brushed illustrations capture a sense of nature's intrigue, delights, and influence. While the lyrical text and concepts may be a bit too abstract or esoteric for younger children, the presentation and approach may still inspire reflection about interconnectedness in the natural world. Grades K-2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"Once/ we were part of Outside/ and Outside was part of us/ There was nothing between us," begins Underwood (Ducks!) in plainspoken lines. "Now/ sometimes even when/ we're outside.../ we're inside." Derby (How to Walk an Ant) portrays this tension in a gentle series of illustrations that mix gauzy, muted tones and textures with punctuations of color. The pictures follow a small child and family, visualizing moments, indoors and out, when "outside reminds us" of its abiding presence. Inside, "flashes at the window" illuminate a hallway, a window-side transformation exemplifies nature's "slow magic tricks," a tiny snail sneaks in on a bunch of kale, and rooftop serenades include "chirps/ and rustles/ and tap-taps on the roof." Even when the girl sits ("in wooden chairs,/ once trees") or stands at the bathroom sink ("rivers come inside"), the outdoors communicates its presence, requesting attention. In the final pages, the child and a cat step outside into a feathery, vibrant landscape—a moving reminder that nature's beckoning need not go unrequited. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—In this exquisite tale, the wonders of nature are revealed to be all around us if we just take the time to notice and appreciate them. Spare, lyrical text offers a fable-like depth of insight: "Once we were part of Outside and Outside was part of us. There was nothing between us. Now, sometimes even when we're outside… we're inside." Derby's luminous watercolor illustrations evocatively show this disconnection: A little girl, buckled into a car seat, seems unaware of the scenery passing by her. "Outside" is an ebullient character, and tries to capture the child's attention by singing to her with "chirps and rustles and tap-taps on the roof," and with "slow magic tricks" like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Outside also makes its way inside, as seen in the nourishing berries on the kitchen counter, on the cotton T-shirt the child wears, and as a morning sunlight–streaming natural alarm clock. Ever patient, Outside waits and whispers, "I miss you," until the little girl rediscovers the world outside her window. VERDICT This gorgeous celebration of nature is a stirring invitation to play.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont. Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A mindful contemplation of the many ways nature affects our everyday lives compares the outdoors to a patient and generous friend who comes in to help and heal while reminding us that we are all part of a much greater universe. By the best-selling author of The Quiet Book. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A 2020 Caldecott Honor BookFrom the New York Times best-selling author behind The Quiet Book comes a mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we’re stuck inside. Five starred reviews! Perfect for fans of Joyce Sidman and Julie Fogliano, Outside In reminds emerging readers of the ways nature creates and touches our lives in homes, apartments, and cars, and is the perfect homeschooling tool to reflect on the world’s connectedness. Outside is waiting, the most patient playmate of all. The most generous friend. The most miraculous inventor. This thought-provoking picture book poetically underscores our powerful and enduring connection with nature, not so easily obscured by lives spent indoors. Rhythmic, powerful language shows us how our world is made and the many ways Outside comes in to help and heal us, and reminds us that we are all part of a much greater universe. Emotive illustrations evoke the beauty, simplicity, and wonder that await us all . . . outside.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A 2020 Caldecott Honor BookFrom the New York Times best-selling author behind The Quiet Book comes a mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we're stuck inside. Five starred reviews! Perfect for fans of Joyce Sidman and Julie Fogliano, Outside In reminds emerging readers of the ways nature creates and touches our lives in homes, apartments, and cars, and is the perfect homeschooling tool to reflect on the world's connectedness. Outside is waiting, the most patient playmate of all. The most generous friend. The most miraculous inventor. This thought-provoking picture book poetically underscores our powerful and enduring connection with nature, not so easily obscured by lives spent indoors. Rhythmic, powerful language shows us how our world is made and the many ways Outside comes in to help and heal us, and reminds us that we are all part of a much greater universe. Emotive illustrations evoke the beauty, simplicity, and wonder that await us all . . . outside.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A 2021 Caldecott Honor BookFrom the New York Times best-selling author behind The Quiet Book comes a mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we're stuck inside. Five starred reviews! Perfect for fans of Joyce Sidman and Julie Fogliano, Outside In reminds emerging readers of the ways nature creates and touches our lives in homes, apartments, and cars, and is the perfect homeschooling tool to reflect on the world's connectedness.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

A 2020 Caldecott Honor BookFrom the New York Times best-selling author behind The Quiet Book comes a mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we’re stuck inside. Five starred reviews! Perfect for fans of Joyce Sidman and Julie Fogliano, Outside In reminds emerging readers of the ways nature creates and touches our lives in homes, apartments, and cars, and is the perfect homeschooling tool to reflect on the world’s connectedness. Outside is waiting, the most patient playmate of all. The most generous friend. The most miraculous inventor. This thought-provoking picture book poetically underscores our powerful and enduring connection with nature, not so easily obscured by lives spent indoors. Rhythmic, powerful language shows us how our world is made and the many ways Outside comes in to help and heal us, and reminds us that we are all part of a much greater universe. Emotive illustrations evoke the beauty, simplicity, and wonder that await us all . . . outside.

Review by Publisher Summary 7

A 2021 Caldecott Honor BookFrom the New York Times best-selling author behind The Quiet Book comes a mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we’re stuck inside. Five starred reviews! Perfect for fans of Joyce Sidman and Julie Fogliano, Outside In reminds emerging readers of the ways nature creates and touches our lives in homes, apartments, and cars, and is the perfect homeschooling tool to reflect on the world’s connectedness.