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Infinity and Me

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  752 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
When I looked up, I shivered. How many stars were in the sky? A million? A billion? Maybe the number was as big as infinity. I started to feel very, very small. How could I even think about something as big as infinity? Uma can't help feeling small when she peers up at the night sky. She begins to wonder about infinity. Is infinity a number that grows forever? Is it an end ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 2012 by Carolrhoda Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oh My Goodness this is adorable!

I'm in love with the illustrations as well as the story. This really made me think back about what it was like when you begin to think about abstract concepts. I clearly remember trying so hard to wrap my mind around infinity, and the idea of forever as well. Both seemed so vast, yet as a child you want to harness it and grasp it, make it tangable so it makes sense. Kate Hosford does a wonderful job of explaining this incredibly difficult idea while making it fun
Paul  Hankins
This October 2012 release from Lerner Publishing Group is absolutely gorgeous. Gabi Swiatkowska's illustrations are vivid and mesmerizing. I didn't get Gabi's style with Kimberly Willis Holt's WAITING FOR GREGORY, but the style rings true in INFINITY AND ME. Caldecott short lists will shift for sure with this release.

Kate Hosford's character is a mentor character for approaching, embracing, and thinking through new ideas. Adult characters in the book are able to address inquiry with imagination
Nov 02, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
A truly wonderful story book. Handling a subject like infinity is hard for even the most sophisticated adults to grapple with; and handling it with grace no less. This book created a feeling in my heart of childhood wonders and warmth. Plus kick-ass illustrations, no seriously, it was kinda mind-blowing. Read to your children, (even if they're imaginary). Then go back and read it again just for you. Awesome!
Aug 30, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly executed. A pleasure to read and ponder.

This book imaginatively toys with the concept of infinity given different characters' proclivities.
And then, there is Uma in her red shoes sussing it out for herself.

Love love love Gabi Swiatkowska's illustrations as always.
Jim Erekson
Feb 27, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I wonder if this shouldn't be its own genre. Ever since Ruth Krauss did A Hole is to Dig, it seems like the book based on child interviews is a 'thing'. This could be called a concept book, but it's really more of an inquiry book. The main effort of the character is to learn more.

Gabi Swiatowska's illustrations make this book what it is. It's got a somewhat dark tone to it, because of the overall palette she chooses, which is unusual and interesting. Her figures seem like close studies of Dusan
Lu Benke
Okay, here's one of those books that really should be considered nonfiction. There is a very simple, unobtrusive narrative, but the book is much more about explaining the concept of infinity in several different ways. Yet, I would not put it in the 500's with the math or space books, but perhaps in the 400's because of its multiple ways of defining a concept. I'm also not sure that a child under third grade would easily conceptualize the examples given, nor the thoughts in the author's note at t ...more
Laura Salas
I was excited to see this book, since I have the bare beginnings of an infinity-related picture book manuscript in a drawer. I can’t get anywhere with it! So I was eager to see how Hosford worked with it.

This is a lovely picture book in which a little girl, Uma, looks for a definition of infinity. It’s a combination of metaphors (like music that goes in a circle) and momentous questions (“But if there’s no school before recess, and no school after recess, is it really recess anymore?”). It’s a c
Marjorie Ingall
Feb 05, 2013 Marjorie Ingall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-6-10
The art slayed me. Old-fashioned but hip and not in an irksome Etsy-illustrator show-off way. As a child I was fascinated by the concept of infinity, and Maxie is at the "what is the highest number anyone could count to" developmental stage -- I think this book could hit a lot the sweet spot for a lot of readers. I also like that it's soothing rather than terrifying (ENDLESSNESS could be very scary to a kid, I suspect) without making infinity too cozy; vastness is not cuddly. The book swings bea ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
A fun exploration of ways to consider or visualize the infinity symbol turned into a race track with a race car driven around and around, or as a family that started with great, great...grandparents and continues to grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren and on and on. Or infinity is the number of stars in the sky.

Includes an author's note that briefly explains the importance of infinity and several children's comments about infinity as well as a challenge to find your own
What an unusual book! A little girl wonders about infinity. It's a big concept, but her thoughts and those of family, teachers, and friends who she asks about it do ring true (the author writes about asking k-2nd graders their thoughts, and it shows.) Hosford makes the subject approachable for young kids -- Uma is as concerned with someone noticing her new red shoes as she is with her questions about infinity. Includes the infinity symbol (a napping 8), thinking of infinity when looking at the s ...more
Karen A.
Mar 29, 2013 Karen A. rated it really liked it
Just the right amount of philosophical inquiry. Beautiful illustrations nicely compliment the concepts. The illustrations also give the book a lovely atmosphere that has a perfect mix of childhood whimsy with accents of darker grown up ideas. I love that the author is able to demonstrate in a very meaningful way that the big scary universe is less scary when you are with someone you care about.
Oct 12, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
A big-picture book that stays rooted in one particular voice & character. Quirky, beautiful illustrations are a good match for representing the process of imaginative thinking.

NYT Best Illustrated 2012
Megan Francis
Nov 27, 2012 Megan Francis rated it it was amazing
Magnificent illustrations aside, it's nice to read a smart book with such a pensive and lovable main character. This is one of the best children's books I have read in a long time. It will be a classic in my home.
Sep 04, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book--the best picture book I've seen lately. The pictures are beautiful and richly imagined and the story recreates a young child's meditation on a complicated concept, which brings me back to my own young wonderings on the subject.
Oct 12, 2012 Alyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Great combinations that really work in this book:

* Nice story and consideration of a math/philosophical question
* Pondering infinity and new red shoes at the same time
* Well written and beautifully illustrated
Florence Turnour
Oct 26, 2014 Florence Turnour rated it it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated book features an inquisitive little girl pondering infinity. We should all explore math in the ways Uma does, thinking to ourselves and talking with others. #LetsDoMath
Edward Sullivan
Oct 19, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A young girl tries to understand and imagine the infinite in this stunning, lushly illustrated story.
Cassandra Gelvin
Jan 08, 2017 Cassandra Gelvin rated it it was amazing
Philosophical and mathematical exploration for children.

It's basically a bunch of different ways of understanding the idea of infinity, framed in a way that the eight-year-old protagonist can understand it. Mathematical ways, personal ways, the number of stars in the sky, a giant number, things that go on forever, how many times you can cut a noodle in half. It's a good introduction to the concept of infinity and mathematics, especially the fact that it's hard for pretty much everybody to unders
This really isn't a book about math, but about how overwhelming the notion of infinity is. Even that description makes it sound math-y. The illustrations are interesting. They remind me of Trader Joe's Fearless Flier. I would recommend the book for its illustrations, but there's not much of a narrative here.
Jan 17, 2017 Erika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
"But I did realize something. It was hard talk about infinity without talking about "forever."

Really great story that only makes me wish more kids were this inquisitive. I think this is a great way to introduce kids to complex ideas and how imagining them in a multitude of ways can be daunting, fun, and very illuminating.
Feb 14, 2017 Kate rated it it was amazing
I love picture books that tackle big concepts like this. I definitely get that you can have your mind blown with the idea of infinity at the same time as you're pondering the awesomeness of your red shoes.
Oct 27, 2016 Marmot rated it really liked it
Great illustrations, and good concept. A nice book to get kids thinking about what infinity means.
April Dawn
Oct 04, 2013 April Dawn rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Infinity and Me
Short Description of the Book: In this book, Uma starts to think about how big infinity is after she gets a brand new pair of red shoes and looks up at the sky to notice the stars. She begins to wonder how big infinity is and she starts to feel very small. She relates the everyday events in her life to infinity. For example, she wonders what it would be like to have recess forever, or to lick an ice cream cone forever.

FOCUS: Narrative Features I would Use in a Mini-L
Misty Jimenez
May 01, 2016 Misty Jimenez rated it really liked it
Book Title: Infinity and Me
APA Citation: Hosford, K. (2012). Infinity and me. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda.
KIRKUS REVIEW: Uma’s struggle with the meaning of infinity offers readers a playful, gorgeous introduction to the mathematical concept. When little Uma gazes at the vast night sky and wonders how many stars are there, she asks, “How could I even think about something as big as infinity?” When friends, her grandmother, the school cook and the music teacher offer creative ways of describing infini
Tori Serrano
The story Infinity and Me is about a little girl named Uma and how she could not wait to go to school the next day and show off her new red shoes. One night she feels very small looking up at the sky and all the stars. She thinks about how many stars are actually in the sky and comes up with infinity. The whole next day she spends her time asking her friends and family how they imagined infinity to be. Each one gave a different but unique response and Uma even thought of some ideas herself. She ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Fascinated by all the stars in the sky, eight-year-old Uma begins wondering about the concept of infinity. At school the next day, she asks classmates for their explanations of infinity, and then later, her grandmother and several teachers. The more she talks to others and thinks about it, the more her head begins to hurt while trying to understand something that goes on forever. She finally gets it once she feels an infinite amount of love for her grandmother who remarks on her pretty red shoes ...more
May 30, 2014 Kari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Do you know what the word infinity means? If so, when was the first time that you heard this word (leave time for class discussion)?

When I heard this word in elementary school, I remember thinking of it as a very mysterious and puzzling word. I loved learning about how the number "pi" went on forever. 3.14159 . . . .

How can we wrap our brain around that?

The character in this book feels the same way. She wonders how anything can go on forever.

This book is written in the first person, so
I felt a little bit let down by this book. I carry a huge interest in books of this type, introducing science or math concepts to kids, young and old, but I didn't really think this one furthered the understanding a kid would have of infinity, beyond what you would be able to explain yourself to your kid with a couple of examples. And, I don't think either that the symbol of infinity is that essential for explaining the concept, or is it?

Anyway, I still appreciate the effort. Unfortunately thoug
Feb 01, 2016 L rated it liked it
Disappointing. I remember having an emotional breakdown when I was seven, thinking about the concept that God had "always been." I couldn't conceive (still can't) and hurt my head thinking back, then farther back, then farther back, still. I felt the same way in high school physics when I thought about whether the universe was in space or space within the universe. What's outside of both/either? Something can't exist with no beginning and no end; what existed before it was there? I'm doing it ag ...more
Bethany Mcguirk
Oct 19, 2014 Bethany Mcguirk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Hosford, K. (2012). Infinity and Me. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group.

Concept Book
2013 ALA Notable Children’s Book

This picture book tells the reader about a young girl and her thoughts about the term: infinity. Throughout the story she talks with other people, such as her classmates and her grandmother, about the way they think about ‘infinity,” and she reflects upon the concept. The pictures are beautifully illustrated, and my favorite part about the illustrations is that on one page, t
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