Looking Down (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Looking Down (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Steve Jenkins


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A series of views of one landscape is seen from progressively higher vantage points, beginning with a view of the sidewalk as seen by a kneeling child and ending outside our galaxy. Jenkins' distinctive cut-paper illustrations tell the whole story in this wordless look at the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613607759
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 05/19/2003
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated nearly twenty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

Customer Reviews

Looking Down 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What if you were an alien on the moon and decided to have a look at the blue and green planet below? In this wordless book uniquely done with dye cut art, we focus down on to a boy who is having a look at the red and black bug far below him.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two exceptional wordless books that stimulate the reader in different ways are Steve Jenkins¿ 1995 Looking Down and Barbara Lehman¿s Museum Trip. The plot of Jenkins¿ book is a journey¿from beginning in outer space, with the moon in the foreground and planet Earth in the distance. With each turn of the page we zoom in closer to the destination---a boy looking at a ladybug through a magnifying glass in his East Coast suburban front yard. Looking Down evokes the 1968 Charles and Ray Eames film Powers of 10, which also depicted a journey (in film stills) from outer space to a person on the grass into his blood cell. Jenkins¿ book, illustrated entirely in cut paper designs that resemble aerial photography, is newly accessible to a generation of students familiar with Google Earth technology. Wide appeal; includes K-8 and above. No special awards documented.Unlike Looking Down, Barbara Lehman¿s Museum Trip has a narrative that is open to some interpretation. Essentially, a schoolboy gets separated from his class with visiting an art museum. He becomes fascinated with a collection of mazes in a display case, imagines himself navigating through them, then returns to the present and rejoins his schoolmates as they leave the museum. Lehman illustrates in her customary clean, moderately detailed cartoon style. The viewer can supply the boy¿s motivation, thoughts, and the meaning of what happens in the end¿dream or fantasy. K-6 (although K and 1st graders would need to know what a maze depiction is and have familiarity with visiting an art museum). No special awards documented.Jenkins, S. (1995). Looking down. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Lehman, B. (2006). Museum trip. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin.
kapeoples on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jenkins' distinctive cut-paper collage illustrations take readers on a fascinating, wordless journey that begins with a look at the earth from outer space and ends with a close-up of a ladybug. The double-page spreads show progressively smaller aerial views of a coastline, a town, a street, and so on, until they finally zoom in on the ladybug as seen through the magnifying glass of a young girl. As with all wordless books, children can apply their own interpretation to the pictures to create a story that is uniquely theirs. The book can also be used by preschool and primary-grade teachers to introduce basic science vocabulary, and of course, it can simply be enjoyed as a work of art.