A Little Perspective
Authorstrator Holman Wang is my needle felting hero. I like to dabble in the art of felting wool into adorable little creations, but Holman Wang takes needle felting to a whole new level. In his new books Great Job, Mom! And Great Job, Dad! Holman Wang created the artwork in the book through needle felted scale models that were then photographed. He has created to most beautiful and detailed sets, carefully planned and photographed in such a way to let the outside shine in when the art requires it. In Great Job, Dad take a look at the librarian page. The bookshelves he created look a whole lot like the ones at our home, full of some of our most favorite books. See if there are any of yours!
Beyond the incredible illustrations these books are so great to offer children perspective on the things their parents do for them everyday. Not only do Mom and Dad have careers they do during the day, they also have many different jobs they do at home with their children. Not only is mom a carpenter, but she is also a scientist, doctor, DJ, and zookeeper. Not only is dad a manager but he is also a waiter, astronomer, librarian, and pilot. These books help give children an appreciation for all parents do. The books also show mom and dad in ungendered rolls, as nurturers and career persons who both love their children.
I love the decision by the author/publisher/designer to include a lengthy piece at the end about the authorstrator and how he creates the incredible felt art and the little scenes he photographs to create these beautiful books.
These are perfect books to share with early years children to help them understand families and how families work together.