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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do You Watch Hoarders?

More by I.C. Springman, Illustrated by Brian Lies
More by I. C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies is a beautiful, horrifying picture book.  If you've ever watched the TV show "Hoarders" or know someone that is a clutterbug, then this book will look familiar.
The illustrations were created with acrylic paint and colored pencil on handmade paper.
The text is minimal, which enhances the detailed pictures that have ever growing piles of stuff.  Magpie accumulates to a breaking point, literally, the branch breaks off the tree from the weight and her friends, the mice, help her start to unload.  
I find the blue tag on the magpie's foot interesting, it's like a symbolic gesture of the ever increasing mass of items.  She's like a slave to her addiction.  
This is one of those picture books that I think would be great to have groups of third, fourth or fifth graders read and then discuss.  I'd like to see what their take on this book would be like.  
You may be like me and find yourself pouring over the pictures and recognizing a lot of the 'stuff'. 
Brian Lies' website says there is a teacher guide coming soon, but in the meantime, check out his other teacher guides.

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