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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Top of the Shelf: Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beckie Prange (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Ubiquitous (like our previous Top of the Shelf book, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, also by Joyce Sidman) also features poems grounded in science, though with a personal take, and again with nonfiction sidebars offering more information. Here the subject is evolution, and I particularly like the endpapers Prange made from long winding string to illustrate  the ages of life forms. Humans are on the short end of time, with coyotes, dandelions, crows, sharks, lichens, and — the winner by a long stretch — bacteria showing their survival skills. We get poetry about many of these and others — including the gecko featured on the cover — that make us marvel as well as learn. Beautiful linocuts hand-colored with watercolor enhance the sense of wonder. Click here to purchase or here to read more Top of the Shelf reviews.

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