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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play


by (author) Édouard Manceau

translated by Sarah Quinn

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Imagination & Play, Weather, Size & Shape
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 5


Where did all these pieces of paper come from? Who do they belong to?  The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail, and the frog… Using the same small scraps of paper over and over again to create a new animal on each page, Édouard Manceau has created a timeless cumulative tale that will delight and enchant children as they try to figure out just who the pieces of paper do belong to…

About the authors

ÉDOUARD MANCEAU was born in Vendée, France, and began studying Fine Arts at an early age. He often works in paper collage, bringing his friendly characters to life with style and humor. He is the author and illustrator of Windblown.

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  • Unknown, Colorado Libraries CLEL Bell Award (finalist)
  • Long-listed, CLEL Bell Award (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) - Finalist, "Play" Category
  • Long-listed, ALSC Notable Children's Books

Editorial Reviews

It's truly AMAZING what you can make with shapes ... Edouard Manceau proves it with panache and wondrous imagination in his newest book.

Sal's Fiction Addiction

While this book at first seems as minimalist and innovative as Herve Tullet's Press Here, a more traditional story line soon emerges as several characters appear, providing a cumulative narration in which each claims ownership of the shapes.

An effective tale for young children, using deceptively, delightfully simple design work.


Manceau offers just enough possibilities to ignite youngsters' imaginations, then sends them off to try some creations of their own.

Shelf Awareness for Readers

A surefire inspiration for imagination-fueled projects at school or at home.

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

the story will appeal to the imagination of the early-years set.

Canadian Review of Materials

Windblown is a book that screams, 'Turn me into a craft already!!!'…It reaches its full potential when the concept of the book is translated in real life. I hope that happens often.

100 Scope Notes

A book that at first glance might seem minimalist to the point of vacuity bears closer scrutiny when one appreciates the function the paper shapes can have in allowing a child to identify them in different orientations and even to practice counting.

Kirkus Reviews

This book makes a useful jumping off point for a paper making activity, a weather activity on wind, or even a litter collection activity in the classroom!

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