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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 Lerner Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Children's Picture Books on Mathematics
1st out of 59 books — 10 voters
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VCFA Student/Alum Books
34th out of 135 books — 22 voters


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Charlotte
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
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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
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Megan
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!
Danielle
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.
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
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Jim Erekson
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
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Marjorie Ingall
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
Robin
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
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
Bethany Mcguirk
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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Florence Turnour
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
Kari
Opening:
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
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Karen A.
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.
Julia
The book is about a young girl who is curious about the concept of infinity and asks her friends, family and teachers about how they picture infinity. The book is a collection of ways people can picture such a big and endless concept. She also has a new pair of red shoes. I loved the beauty of this book first, the pictures were beautiful without being sappy and then secondly I fell in love with Uma the main character who is portrayed as lovely without being sappy or some political agenda for 'gi ...more
Anna
Nov 04, 2014 Anna added it
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A little girl finds herself under the thinking about a number as large as infinity. She is curious how others imagine infinity and goes asking. All of these ideas of infinity make her start to wonder if she would ever want anything to be infinity! Staying young forever doesn’t sound so great, and neither does an infinity amount of pasta. Just when the girl doesn’t think she wants anything to be infinity the girl’s grandma gives her a heartfelt reminder that there are few things in life that are ...more
Olivia Lagore
One night, Uma goes outside and looks up at the stars. Amazed at how many there are, her wonderings prompt the question - how big is infinity? As she goes about her day, she asks her friends and family to describe infinity to he, each of them giving a different image of what infinity looks like to them.
Done I a modern style, featuring a hodgepodge of colors and images, the illustrations help carry the story, but also seem a bit frantic and distracting in some ways. The character of Uma is a bit
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Molly
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.
Melissa
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.

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NYT Best Illustrated 2012
Alyson
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
Megan Francis
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.
Edward Sullivan
A young girl tries to understand and imagine the infinite in this stunning, lushly illustrated story.
Robin
I loved everything about this story except the focus on the new shoes and the worry. A great way to share the concept of infinity with younger kids. I especially liked the bit abut recess going on forever, and how that changes its meaning -- If it's not a break from work or school or anything, is it really recess? Would it be any fun? If you got to be a kid forever, would your best friend continue to find you interesting? I liked the idea of kids coming up with their own examples for infinity.
Barbara
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
April Dawn
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
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Fjóla
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
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Jessica
The art in Infinity and Me is really cool, with lots of dimension and different styles intersecting. And the story is thought-provoking yet simple, too: a little girl who wonders about infinity, and asks lots of people to weigh in on what infinity might mean or look like, like cutting a noodle in half over and over again. She also speculates what she would do if she could be the same age for all of infinity, or have recess for all of infinity.

This book is a great introduction to the concept of
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Jane
Jan 15, 2015 Jane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kid
Micah (age 4) on 'infinity': I'm thinking about infinity dinosaurs and houses. I'm thinking about infinity buildings.
Jane: What is 'infinity buildings'?
Micah: There is infinity buildings... in downtown and infinity houses in Seattle. There are 100 houses. There are 100,000 houses and they go on to the end and the end is the airport.
Lauren Candia
Infinity is kind of a big concept to wrap your head around. The book explores the many ways one can think about infinity. It's a great way to introduce a mature kid to these higher thought processes. Victorian illustrations slightly reminiscent of Edward Gorey. The only thing a little disappointing is that even though Uma, our main character, is embarking on this mathematical/philosophical investigation, the only thing she really gets excited about is when her grandma notices her shoes. *shrugs* ...more
Diana Pettis
This is a good read-aloud story in my opinion for younger elementary students who are just learning the concept of infinity. It has received an award for the Association for library service to children which is part of the American Library Association. Accompanying illustrations added to the story!
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