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Infinity and Me

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,101 ratings  ·  246 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 en
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 2012 by Carolrhoda Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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I think the artwork reminds me of the 20s somehow, almost art deco, but not quite. There is also some surrealistic aspects to the artwork. I enjoy it.

This book is about a kid asking about infinity and what it means and trying to figure it all out. The kid asks several people what they think infinity is and each person gives a different analogy. The kid wrangles with the concepts, but comes up with their own idea about it. I thought it was well done.

The nephew couldn’t figure out what was going
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
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
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story about a girl musing on what infinity means, first by asking friends what they think of infinity, then realizing how the concept applies to her life. I like the squashy-flat style of the illustrations.
Nov 02, 2012 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!
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
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
Jim Erekson
Feb 27, 2013 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
Marjorie Ingall
Feb 05, 2013 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 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 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.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is really clever! I never really thought about how hard it is to explain the concept of “infinity” to kids, but it is. And this helped my 6-year old to understand. About 2/3rds of the way through he yelled, “It’s like a circle. It never ends!” It was like a lightbulb went off in his head. So cool to see.
Oct 12, 2012 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
Oct 12, 2012 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
Sep 04, 2013 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.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A young girl tries to understand and imagine the infinite in this stunning, lushly illustrated story.
Florence Turnour
Oct 26, 2014 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
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book to get children familiar with abstract notions such as "infinity". All the situations can spark very interesting discussions.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good starting point for younger children wondering about infinity . Lovely illustration !
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Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Infinity And Me, written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska, a unique and ambitious story of a little girl contemplating the meaning of infinity.

The day that Uma got her new red shoes, she went out to look at the night sky and wonder. There were so many stars, Uma realized that she could never count them all. There could be millions, or billion
Hebe Way
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very heart-warming read that captures childhood in such a clever way. Uma, a young girl, begins to feel overwhelmed as she looks into the night sky and contemplates how many stars there could be up there. She comes to the conclusion that infinity is the answer, but she can't comprehend what this huge number actually looks like. On a quest to find out what infinity means to those around her, Uma questions her friends and family who all come up with jovial, imaginative and thought-provoking sugg ...more
Oct 16, 2012 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 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a very whimsical story about an eight-year-old girl who ponders the concept of infinity. She asks many people in her life how they think of it, and comes across several definitions that all try to grasp the idea of endlessness. I liked that this was a mystery with no answer; it could be a catalyst for making children more interested in math - which is usually thought of as a subject which yields easy, static answers - or could help children begin thinking about how they can break complic ...more
Viviane Elbee
My kids LOVE math and big numbers, so they loved this book. One of them told me he had wanted to write this book, and was so glad it existed!

It does a great job explaining infinity using many different examples.

It could definitely be used in classrooms to help children visualize infinity.

Intertwined with the infinity question is a sweet story about the girl's relationships with others and her love for her grandmother... so the storyline appeals both to the heart and the mind.

This book seems to b
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting concept for a children's book, with unique, gently surreal illustrations.

Although, I will say that I was more than a little weirded out by the inclusion of a chicken who happily bounds and scampers throughout the pages, including being cradled by the child like a pet, and then at the end of the book the little girl eats a chicken dish for dinner. The hen friend isn't seen after that remark.
Megan Francis
Nov 27, 2012 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.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great look at the concept of infinity from a child's perspective. The charming illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska evoke the Victorian science journals and publications and add a wonderful dimension to the telling of the story.
Melissa Kowalczyk
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-littles
I loved the illustrations because they were so unique. Also towards the end of the story, I got all choked up because I am emotional like that. This was a great story, and I can't wait to discover it again and again!
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