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douard Manceau was born in Vend e, France, and began studying fine art at an early age. He often works in paper collage, bringing his friendly characters to life with style and humor. He is the creator of the popular French series Capucine la souris, Le petit elephant, and Nom d'un champignon! He lives in Vend e, France.


"'Shhh. . .' said the wind.
'I blew and blew as hard as I might.
I toppled the tree found by the frog,
shaped by the snail,
that the bird made into paper
that the fish cut into the pieces
that the chicken saw lying around.'"
-- from the book
-CLEL Bell Award (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) - "Play" Category Finalist, 2014
-Longlisted for the ALSC Notable Children's Books List, 2013
-Colorado Libraries CLEL Bell Award (finalist), 2014

"A surefire inspiration for imagination-fueled projects at school or at home."
-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review "A book that at first glance might seem minimalist to the point of vacuity bears closer scrutiny when one appreciates the function the paper shapes can have in allowing a child to identify them in different orientations and even to practice counting."
-- Kirkus Reviews "Windblown is a book that screams, 'Turn me into a craft already!!!'...It reaches its full potential when the concept of the book is translated in real life. I hope that happens often."
-- Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes "While this book at first seems as minimalist and innovative as Herve Tullet's Press Here, a more traditional story line soon emerges as several characters appear, providing a cumulative narration in which each claims ownership of the shapes."
-- The Horn Book "Manceau offers just enough possibilities to ignite youngsters' imaginations, then sends them off to try some creations of their own."
-- Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness for Readers "An effective tale for young children, using deceptively, delightfully simple design work."
-- Jesse Karp, Booklist

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