Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby

This week’s selection is for anyone who wants to remember they forgot something important.

The Picture Book of the Week is Outside In, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby.

About the Book:

The main character of Outside In is a little girl in a red hoodie. She doesn’t have a name and she shares her main character status with a place, Outside. The idea of the book is that we are all so used to living indoors that we forget that Outside, or nature, is a part of us. We get so busy completing out inside busy work that trees, and flowers, and animals fade into the background, forgotten. The book is also about the sweetness of hearing the call of the natural world and answering.

Writing Exercise:

Outside In communicates an idea rather than a plot with a problem and a solution. The writing challenge for the week is to think of an idea, like inside/outside, big/small, or quiet/loud, and write a story that illustrates that idea. Add some pictures.

Happy Writing!

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