Wild Ideas

By Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim

From 4 to | 32 pages

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.
"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." - Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"An imaginative and illuminating catalog of various animals' problem-solving strategies...[a] heartening celebration of our kinship with other beings."

- Brain Pickings, 17/07/2015
"The depth of the images and the surprising facts work together to create a lovely connection between the readers and the natural world." - The Boston Globe, 22/05/2015
"Owlkids hit the mark with Wild Ideas." - The National Post, 27/03/2015
"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." - School Library Journal, 24/04/2015
"Kelsey presents simple, powerful examples in warm, accessible language...beautifully presented and rich in ideas." - Booklist, 01/05/2015
"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." - The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, 05/06/2015
"This book introduces innovative thinking and problem-solving." - Library Media Connection, 21/08/2015
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens, 2015
Kirkus Best of 2015 Selection, 2015

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