Is there any doubt that I would be off to grab the newest Julie Morstad book as quickly as possible? It didn’t disappoint. I don’t know how Morstad does it every time. This book is a marvelous story about time with many sidenotes and connections from a very thoughtful and childlike mind. Ponder time along with Time Is A Flower by Julie Morstad, 2021.
“Time is the tick tick tock
numbers and words
on a calendar.
But what else is time?”
And so the book carries us into the concept of time. It finds time in a seed that turns into a flower and then eventually the flower droops.
Time is also found in a tree, how it grows in comparison to you over the course of many years. There’s a spider and its delicately made web, a pebble turned mountain, a butterly…
from a caterpillar.
Sunsets, haircuts, wiggly teeth and face lines, school and waves and dances and baking.
So many interesting concepts brought to life in stunning images. And it all boils down to questioning what time might actually be. Does the book know the answer? You’ll have to check it out for yourself.
Another masterful book from Julie Morstad. Conceptual books are so much harder to do well than mere narratives. This one is truly excellent, making the studying of time a joy and intriguing. Each idea is interesting and makes you pause to connect it to time.
As always, Morstad’s illustrations are a wonder. She makes it look so simple and yet the spreads are pure brilliance. One of my very favorites in this book is surprising and also surprisingly impossible to photograph – the spider’s web! It is a tactile experience and a big treat in the midst of the story. Morstad assembles these illustrations from art she created with pencil, markers, colored inks and pastels. I just love them all… and wonder how long it takes her!
Grab Time Is A Flower for your bookshelf. You’ll love it, ponder it, and continue the story yourself with your own discoveries. And I had to close with this illustration, because we should always grab a story or three… books a night!