How To: 04/25/15
How To by Julie Morstad is a picture book that celebrates imagination and play. The book has a diverse cast of children, each one showing how to do something.
For instance, there's a two page spread for "how to go fast." It shows a line of children crossing the pages. One is on a scooter. One is running. One is on stilts. One is wearing butterfly wings and is flapping her arms. One is giving another a piggy back ride.
Morstad's drawings remind me of Gunilla Wolde's Sarah and Tommy (the Totte series) books from the 1970s. I had a copy of Sarah and Tommy Dress Up showing a pair of children pretend to be different types of adults as they went through an old steamer trunk. It's a simplistic but magical story. How To captures those feelings.
Julie Morstad is an illustrator and author who lives in Vancouver, BC.