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There's a big, beautiful world out there!
Carlson, Nancy L.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : Viking, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume : illustrations ; 25 cm
A young girl realizes that, although there are many things to be afraid of in the world, such as a thunderstorm, there is even more to look forward to, such as the rainbow that will follow the storm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 63511.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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There's a lot to be scared of, that's for sure. There's the mean-looking dog next door and booming thunderstorms; there are spooky shadows in the corner of your room, and people who look different from you. All of this scary stuff can make you want to hide under your covers and never come out again. But hiding won't solve anything, and besides, maybe that dog only looks mean. This warm and reassuring book offers young readers the encouragement they need to face their fears and look forward to all the great experiences awaiting them.

Author Notes

Children's author and illustrator, Nancy Carlson was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. Ever since kindergarten she knew that was what she wanted to do. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she majored in printmaking.

Nancy has written and illustrated over 40 titles. Some of her titles include the Louann Pig series, Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come, How to Lose All Your Friends, and It's Not My Fault. They address some of the challenges faced by kids and how to positively deal with them.

In recognition of her works, Nancy has earned several awards including the Children's Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council and the Minnesota Children's Museum Great Friends to Kids Award.

Nancy currently resides in Minnesota.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Written in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, Carlson's short, reassuring picture book lets youngsters know that the world still offers good things. She begins: «There's a lot to be scared of, that's for sure!» and ends with: «There's a big, beautiful world out there just waiting for you!» In between she lists the typical things that may frighten young children, such as dogs, thunderstorms, and roller coasters. She also alludes to the terrorist attacks («scary stories in the news») and anxiety about «people who look different from you.» She certainly acknowledges that children might feel like hiding from the world, but she tempers that with bright illustrations and encouraging words to show that there are better ways of approaching life. After all, some animals and people look mean but really aren't, and scary rides are often the most fun! Kathy Broderick.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Written on September 12, 2001, There's a Big Beautiful World Out There! by Nancy Carlson emphasizes overcoming fear. Though she acknowledges children's anxieties in everyday terms ("There's a lot to be scared of, that's for sure!/ There's that mean looking dog,/ and booming thunderstorms"), she also reminds readers of the good things they miss if they don't venture out ("If you hide under your covers, you won't see the rainbow after the storm"). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Carlson hits just the right note in this story about a little girl who has to choose between facing frightening things or hiding from them. The outside world includes terrors as varied as a mean-looking dog, bad news stories, and nighttime shadows, but since "hiding under your covers can get pretty boring," this wide-eyed, appealing child ventures out and discovers that the world isn't as scary as it seems. Carlson's style works well to address fear without inspiring it-the colors are characteristically bright and jolly, but there are clashing patterns and hues, the lines are slightly more jagged than usual, and the perspective is sometimes askew. Preschoolers are sure to find the protagonist's worried, but not terrified face a comforting focus on the "scary" pages. Perhaps the most chilling moment in the book is on the last page, which reads: "This book was written on September 12, 2001."-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.