Waiting for Wings

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert cover, a collage of a butterfly with flowers

Waiting for Wings

Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

San Diego, Harcourt, 2001

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Ehlert harks back to the shape books as she experimented with the physical container of the pages: Hands is in the shape of her father's yellow work glove. Over the years, the pages of her books have included cutouts, spyholes, flaps that lift, and die-cut shapes that form into other figures. Ehlert plays with dimensions, page-turning surprises, and, in Waiting for Wings, transformation. Her meticulous research of the natural world results in an accuracy of scale, from the tiny details of flower petals to the size of a monarch's wingspan.


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