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Watching leaves scatter with the wind, or water spill over rocks, you can begin to feel the exuberant and subtle playing that is nature. In his poem, "Play, Said the Earth to Air," Richard Lewis invites us to experience once again the play that makes up light and air, colors and sounds, as they are brought together with all that is playful in our individual ways of knowing and imagining. With evocatively rendered images by Heidi Neilson, transformed from an original puppet stage created by Gigi Alvare for an arts and education project of the Touchstone Center, this book celebrates and unites the play of the natural world with what is equally and profoundly at play in each of us. A collaboration perhaps, more than ever, necessary for the well-being of all that is alive.
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Richard Lewis is the founder and director of the Touchstone Center for Children. His recent books, published by Touchstone Center Publications, include collaborations with teaching-artists Kathy Creutzburg in We Are Rivers, Noah Baen in A Tree Lives, Susan Joy Share in From the Sleep of Waters, Elizabeth Crawford and George Hirose in Cave, and Gigi Alavré in Each Sky Has Its Words and Sea Tale. Heidi Neilson is an artist and designer, specializing in services for educational, cultural, and environmental organizations through her design studio, Square Water. She has exhibited widely, including at the Center for Book Arts and the Drawing Center. Gigi Alvaré is an actress, playwright, and artist. For many years she was a teaching-artist with the Touchstone Center, and is now director of education at the Rockwell Museum of Art in Corning, New York.Review:
"Play, Said the Earth to Air is a book of extraordinary simplicity and beauty. Richard Lewis, with his customary grace, has provided us with a little gem that is more than a book—it is an act of kindness."
--Morgan Leichter-Saxby, Pop-Up Adventure Play
"Thank you for the gift of your beautiful book. The opportunity to celebrate playfulness in all its exuberance and joy is so important now, we are grateful to you for your brave reminders."
--Naomi Trubowitz, Writer and Filmmaker
"Richard Lewis has a unique ability to give children an outlet for their inner lives to flourish in an imaginative way. Play, Said the Earth to Air attests to his style of developing and encouraging the imagination by offering the reader the playfulness found both in nature and in ourselves. The fluidity of the text and the soft edges of the illustrations reflect the natural environment in a simple and elegant way."
--Juliet Gray-Moliere, Sr. Manager of Early Childhood Education, Brooklyn Children’s Museum
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Book Description Condition: As New. Neilson, Heidi (illustrator). Seller Inventory # H13I-01162