- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (26 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 024195388X
- ISBN-13: 978-0241953884
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to be an Explorer of the World Paperback – 26 May 2011
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As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clientsworldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the topic of "living creatively" for the How Design Conference, the OntarioGraphic Artist's Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, Wired and many more.
Both daring and meditative, "How to Be an Explorer of the World" is part Maira Kalman, part Wendy MacNaughton, part its very own kind of whimsy, delivering beautifully exactly what it says on the tin, with an invitation to be just a little bit more alive each day. Brain Pickings" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Keri Smith is a best-selling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck this Journal, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Everything Is Connected, The Imaginary World of . . . as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app.
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There are 59 exploration ideas/activities from creating a survey and documenting peoples answers to experimenting with different items as a writing utensil. It takes you out of your box and makes you think like a child again, when creativity had no boundaries.
You're highly encouraged to write/draw/paint in the book and glue things you've collected in to it. I love this idea, but I have such a bad notebook obsession that I couldn't help but open up a new one for my 'explorations'. For me, that means I can keep coming back to some of the ideas and do them again, but some people might prefer to just throw caution to the wind and get stuck in gluing everything you find into the pages of the book. Whatever floats your boat.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is ready to be a child again and start exploring the things in the world we'd forgotten to look closely at.
The first half gives you instructions or ways of exploring; and whilst i love the great outdoors, many of the suggestions in the book struck me as time-consuming, banal or embarrassing to conduct in front of others. Some examples are "sit in one location for an hour and document all the sounds you can hear" "write down 50 things about a trip to the grocery store" "choose an everyday object, and look at the top half of it for 15 minutes, and the bottom half of it for 15 minutes, and write down everything about it" "collect all the things you find one day, and comapre with a friend" "Start heading out in any direction. act on instinct. Do the opposite of what you thin you should. If you start to think you are wasting your time, then you are doing it correctly."
The second half of the book is for you to document things --- but this is seemingly unrelated to the first half of the book with the explorer suggestions in it. it has titles such as "Date. Description. Location" but it's unclear what this is referring to. "Research Notes. Connect the dots" followed by a lot of circles with dots in them - again, i can't think what to write in it. and lots of pages that say "Experience Documentation Log. Date.... Time.... Location... Description, colours, smells etc..." I suppose you are supposed to use your imagination, which i am quite capable of doing, but i can do that with a blank notebook which only costs £1.
I may do a couple of the ideas with my young son, as it's probably useful to get kids thinking and learning about the world and stop taking things for granted.
Also, a great read for getting you to re-examine the familiar - or what you thought was familiar.
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The person who received this gift loves it and has brought other books by same authorPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
this book is ideal for the inquisitive, knowledge hungry child. good service and value.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. Mcdonald
we all liked this book , themes for exploring on a home based safari ,ie looking for hidden faces or on walks.Published 1 month ago by Newgardendesign
Every bit as wonderful as I dared to hope. An ideal gift for the curious of any age.Published 1 month ago by Sacrobosco
I just love this book and ideas it contains. Brilliant inspiration for getting creative with simple everyday objects and through small projects that don't require lots of time (but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Expensive book printed in only 3 colours which makes it look dull. Written in American English.Published 2 months ago by Aelwyn
Loving this book! I recommend it for everyone at any age. It will bring out the child in you, become more observant to the surroundings and basically learn to have some creative... Read morePublished 6 months ago by AJT
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