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How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum [Paperback]

Keri Smith
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Book Description

Oct. 7 2008
From the author of Wreck This Journal, an interactive guide for exploring and documenting the art and science of everyday life.

Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.

The mission Smith proposes? ?To document and observe the world around you. As if you?ve never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.?

With a series of interactive prompts and a beautifully hand-illustrated two-color package, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world through this gorgeous book.

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“Both daring and meditative, How to Be an Explorer of the World is part Maira Kalman, part Wendy MacNaughton, part its very own kind of whimsy, delivering — beautifully — exactly what it says on the tin, with an invitation to be just a little bit more alive each day.”
—Brain Pickings

About the Author

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book, and Pocket Scavenger. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and Ida.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Join the exploration Nov. 28 2013
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A great tool for parents, caregivers and teachers to encourage kids to explore their world - which ends up really being a reminder to adults to do the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for tween/teen March 9 2014
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I bought this book, along with two others from the same author, as a gift for my 14 year old niece. She was so excited to go out and be part of the creative adventure! Looks like a blast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book Sept. 11 2013
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This book it totally worth it. I love the author and everything she writes. Her books are interactive and fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 19 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring After the End July 4 2012
By Lorrene Desbien - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book for my daughter, Sarah. She wrote in it and underlined words and left it a rag tag mess. After she passed away in a car accident when she was 16, I loved flipping through the pages seeing her thoughts and observations.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to "Be" Guide for Artists Nov. 12 2008
By C. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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Smith's newest book is the most recent installment in her passionate, ongoing process to distill life and the art process (indistinguishable to most artists) down to it's bare matter. If you can embrace playfulness, open courageously to the idea of art as life, are willing to turn off the television and look around you, love to challenge yourself to learn to BE and create from essence as opposed to trend or fancy, Explorer is for you.

As an author, she seems to live her life exactly the way she writes (as one can easily pick up when visiting her blog The Wish Jar Journal).

As an artist, she is apparently very well read on the subjects of art and life and willing to push beyond art school rules to find her own voice among so many artsy voices that seem to blend together these days. For an insightful, modern perspective on gathering the fodder to create amazing experiences, I was not disappointed with this book.
I completely disagree with other reviews which state that this book is not for deep thinkers. I find her simple, freshened concepts to be timely and revolutionary, just what artists have been missing from our creative processes.
I also recommend Wreck This Journal and Guerilla Art, also by Keri Smith.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good ideas Nov. 29 2008
By L. Velarde - Published on Amazon.com
this book is cleverly written and has some wonderful ideas for exploring your world. most all of them are ideas I have never seen before and want to try in my sketchbook. there are examples too. I highly recommend this book for the artist, journaler or someone that just wants to see their world with FRESH eyes!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Redundant Sept. 25 2012
By Devo - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book more every time I pick it up. When I first opened it and flipped through the pages I was slightly disappointed. The structure of the book seemed like it was put together slapdash without any real thought, and it seemed to me that all of the fun pictures were there to serve the purpose of filling in blank space.

After giving the book several chances it started to grow on me and I realized that its real purpose was to make the reader start thinking in a different way by challenging the reader to complete odd tasks, or at least tasks that are out of the ordinary. One of the books main challenges is to get the reader, or explorer, to start recognizing patterns in an every day environment. The book challenges the reader to do this in many different ways, and starts t to seem redundant. When I realized that most of the exercises were designed to achieve the same goal, I felt a little cheated. However, after thinking about it more, I suppose repetition is necessary when learning something new. Especially when that something is a new way to think.

On the whole, I enjoy the book. Though I think that it would have been better with half the pages and half the price.
39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite . . . Jan. 11 2009
By Tracee Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Let me preface this, by saying I love Keri Smith. I do. However, to me, this book fell short on so many levels. There is a lot of space to the book with few words to really sink your teeth into. If you are like me and LOVED her "Wreck This Journal", I think you will be a little disappointed, because I was expecting the same type of book with a new twist, maybe?? This isn't that book. Now, I don't want to ruin it for other fans of Keri Smith. Maybe you WILL enjoy this book, but if you haven't tried "Wreck This Journal", I would definitely recommend that book over this one.
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