All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

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All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

All the Ways to be Smart: the beautifully illustrated international bestseller that celebrates the talents of every child

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My friend told me that when she gave the book to her son to read it made him cry and not talk to her for an hour because it gave him all the feelings! Colpoys' illustrations, showing a busy, multiracial, multi-gifted cast, convey joyous variety and abundant compassion.

An earnest and charming book celebrating the joys of all the wonderful qualities that make children who they are, with a subtle and unique message that getting excellent grades is not what makes you smart. I have noticed that in year 1, a lot of children begin to get a fixed mindset when it comes to their ability and it would be very beneficial to remind them that smartness isn’t about how well they do on a maths test, it is much more about how they act, how they respond to each other and how they think. Education is forced into adopting a standardised testing framework, and to prioritise a narrow band of skills and behaviours - compliance, reading, writing, maths - or risks losing its funding.The message is great but there is no real story to this book and it’s mostly positive affirmations which are great for adults but not for kids. Colpoys’ illustrations, showing a busy, multiracial, multi-gifted cast, convey joyous variety and abundant compassion.

This book was such a lovely way to say that all children are smart at different things but that doesn’t make anyone more or less smart. I remember feeling so frustrated as a child because I wanted there to be more than one meaning of ‘smart’. A necessary and joyful celebration of all the different things that we can do, from "reading, writing, spelling" to "caring, sharing, scaring" to my personal favourite "drawing very pointy stars".With sing-song rhymes and bright colors, All the Ways to Be Smart echoes classic children's literature with a modern take. Being smart is more than just one thing; it’s not just being good at taking tests or doing math or getting good grades in school.

Great for discussing how we are all different and celebrating all of the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are. Colpoys’s ink, charcoal, and pencil drawings burst with a profusion of neon orange and green, literally highlighting each scene with an incandescence that more than matches the rhyming couplets’ jauntiness.In this cheerful exploration of all the nonstandard ways a person can be smart, the creators paint an expansive picture of intelligence that goes well beyond ‘being best/at spelling bees,/a tricky test. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung of the Kulin Nations — the first and continuing custodians of the land on which our books are created.

So as a teacher, I’ve always been super sensitive to use the word “smart” because it carries so much weight. Allison Colpoys outdid herself here, with illustrations that utilize bright, jewel-like colors that leap off the page, and have a fun, stylized sensibility that just works on the page.For any child who has ever worried about being "smart", Australian author Bell and artist Colpoys offer an expansive, reassuring look at the many ways there are to be that way . All the Ways to be Smart (Scribble / Scribe 2018) is a gorgeous, life-affirming children’s book that deservedly won the Children’s Picture Book of the Year in the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards. Simple, flowing words coupled with fluorescent illustrations (created from ink, charcoal, and pencil, then digitally assembled) give young readers a book brimming with examples of how they are smart all day, every day .



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