Outside In by Deborah Underwood

outside inOutside In by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Cindy Derby. 2020. Watercolor with powdered graphite on cold press paper; dried flower stems and thread soaked in ink were used form some of the lines. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: A young girl plays outside and misses Nature when she is inside. When she is inside, the girl sees and feels Outside through the sunshine rays warming the house, the cotton clothing she wears, and the chair that once was a tree.

Young readers will also notice how Outside is inside in many ways.

Comments: I liked how the story compared how Mother Nature is inside our houses. I think that young readers may not be aware of that and adults may forget. A friendship.

I though the word play was keen. We usually say “inside out”.

Outside is with a capital “O” throughout the story to signify a friend with a proper name and perhaps, to signify how we always capitalize Mother Nature in the same way.

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