how to

How To by Julie Morstad

This “how to” book does not describe mechanical endeavors, instead it is a luminous look at an eclectic collection of activities.  They include how to look like a mermaid, how to see the wind, and how to go slow.  Others are straight-forward ideas but the image shows a more inventive solution.  How to wash your socks has children dancing in a puddle wearing socks.  How to make friends is the cover image of a child drawing people with chalk.  The result is a book that is an elegant and lovely exploration of the creative.

Morstad creates beautiful books and this is no exception.  Here again she mixes a quiet sense of wonder into the book and combines it with gorgeous illustrations.  She uses fine lines, particularly when drawing the children on the pages.  Their hair and faces shine with the attention she has given them.  The ideas in the book are all creative and inviting.  This is a book that will entrance some children while others will be looking for more action.

Ideal for creative children who look at the world from a more whimsical point of view.  They will make friends in these pages.  Appropriate for ages 3-5, perfect for adults too.

Reviewed from library copy.