Review: Outside, Inside by Cindy Helms

 Outside, Inside
Children’s Book (4-8)
Date Published: August 25, 2015
Have you ever felt like all of your friends had forgotten about you? Have you ever felt left out? This is exactly what happens to Birdie in Outside, Inside. When Birdie does not see his friends around, he decides to go out and look for them. He quickly finds that something strange is going on. Birdie’s friends are really planning a super fun surprise that gives Birdie a change of heart. Outside, Inside is a simple story about the joy of friendship and giving. Using 35 easy words and vivid, colorful characters, this story is enchanting for the youngest of readers.
My kids were happy when they read this book. They thought the illustrations were awesome and playful. Storywise, they related Birdie’s  reluctance to go outside and mingle with others was basically his fear of being ignored. When he realized that having friends around was better, he went to venture out, until he noticed no one around. Little did he know that a special surprise awaited him. My sons had a smile on their faces after reading and learning about that special surprise for Birdie. They thought it was a fun and colorful story every little kid should learn about.  Kudos to Cindy Helms for a beautiful kiddie treat!

Cindy Helms is a visual artist, author and illustrator known for designing unusual projects. For Cindy, art is created from curious and whimsical combinations of shapes, textures and colors.  In her unique and simple children’s books, Cindy’s art work comes to life in characters that enchant children and adults alike. Cindy lives in the Denver, CO area with two artistic boys and two fat black cats.  She loves road trips, camping and discovering new places.

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