Flying Eye Books have just released the Helen Borten Collection; Do You Hear What I Hear? and Do You See What I See? First published in the late 1950's, they have been thoughtfully reproduced with vivid poetic word imagery and bright, colourful illustrations.
In Do You Hear What I Hear? everyday sounds are explored. Sounds that can make you do stuff such as wake you up from an alarm clock, or bering startled by a sneeze. They can make you feel different ways, fill you with excitement or terror. And some sounds are so quiet you can not hear them at all. The length of sounds are explore, like the never ending sea, that never stops. This book explores and gives descriptive examples where children may hear high, low, loud, quiet, harsh and musical sounds. Rhythm and symphony is also briefly explored.
I found the book quite reflective, making you stop and listen to what you can hear around you and how you would describe it. This would be a lovely book to read to a class when exploring sounds and music. There's some lovely descriptions which are accompanied by strong, bold illustrations, it's a lovely exploration. The illustrations feature some lovely mark making and screen printed imagery that captures the energy of sound. I believe Flying Eye Books have printed this in 4 spot colours creating a unique colour palette and then printed in layers.
'The world is like a great symphony, full of sounds to listen to and enjoy.' A lovely sentence to end this unique book. As per all Flying Eye Books, there's a lovely quality to the pages and cover which allows the colours to jump out. I hope children will be encouraged to stop and listen to everything around them to see just how beautiful our world can be.