How to Be an Explorer of the World - Portable Life Museum

By Keri Smith

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alexander bark
Just a fun book!
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nina bean
Delightful book and it came right on time.
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alejandro pis
Awesome book for your own little explorer
Wreck This Box Boxed Set :: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic :: Henry Huggins :: and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway - Thirty Thousand Dogs :: The Secret Me: A Questionnaire Journal 2
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I'm 65 and thought it was imaginative and clever; however, my 9-year-old granddaughter was under-impressed. Never has used it, still on shelf.
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christine pang
I think I'm too old for this book. It came across as very immature. That is precisely why I threw it out.
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angie abid
This book’s philosophy is stated clearly on its back cover: “At any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting.” Keri Smith’s aim is to help you discover them—and in the process stretch your imagination and open your physical and mental eyes to the wonders of the everyday world. She encourages you to approach that world as an explorer, someone who has never seen it before… because, odds are, you really haven’t.

The book is full of activities with wonderful titles such as “How to Wander Aimlessly” and “The Shapes of Stains and Splotches.” There is space in the book for you to make notes on what you find during your adventures, but if you do many of Smith’s projects, you will no doubt soon want a whole notebook of your own (or maybe multiple notebooks) in which to record your discoveries. Some explorations work best in natural settings such as parks, others on city streets… but most can be done anywhere.

The activities in this book would be excellent ones for parents, teachers, or other adults to share with children. They can also be creativity starters for artists, writers, and others in creative professions. Basically, they should appeal to all who enjoy using their imaginations and finding ways to renew the wonder that lies hidden beneath the mundane routines of “normal” life.
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stephanie wilga
Keri Smith never fails to write books that unlock hidden aspects of my mind. This book is excellent in every way, and I am going to purchase Mess after I am done with this book. This is a great buy and will make an excellent stocking stuffer!

Here is the Link for Mess Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes

If you wish to purchase the trilogy (this book, mess, and wreck this journal), click on this link Keri Smith Boxed Set
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shayna bowe
This is such a fun book. I even if you don't do the exercises, simply reading them is an inspiring delight. Tons of exercises and techniques nearly all of them were ones I'd never seen before. In other words, this book is full of fun, original & interesting ideas. Definitely worth it.
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andrea smith
This book is really great! It makes you see the world around you in a whole new way! I frequently hear, "I'm not creative at all" or "Where do you get all your ideas?" or "I don't have an artistic bone in my body." Well, this book is the answer. You ARE creative. You DO have ideas. EVERYONE has some artistic gift.

The back cover says, "Everyone is an artist." Yep. I believe that. God gave us all different gifts, you just have to find yours.

Read more on my blog:
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Cool book and in good condition
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Bought for my Granddaughter for Christmas. She s 11 and interested in all kinds of things, but this did not hold her attention.
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dave d aguanno
As an inexperienced individual in the world of art, this book was extremely helpful for me. It opened up a different way for me to understand art, what makes art, and how seemingly random objects can be used to create meaning. Having spent some time learning primarily about contemporary art, I was able to gain greater insight to artists' works with the suggestions Keri gives throughout her book. If you're looking for an advanced look into exploring the world this probably isn't your book, but for the beginner curios about growing and understanding it's perfect!
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Misled by the title, I picked this up looking for ideas related to museum exhibits. Though it was an interesting read, it was not at all applicable in the way I'd hoped it would be.

There are many pages that are laid out for pasting in samples one has picked up, writing lists, or stapling in envelopes for collections. The large, handwritten-style text means that, although the pages are visually appealing or unique to look at, there's often not a lot of actual content per page.

The book alternately felt like:
- someone tried to write a user's manual for those little moleskin notebooks famous authors are notorious for carrying around and constantly jotting ideas and observations in
- explaining and finding use for the miscellanea little boys bring home in their pockets
- a primer for non-artistic parents trying to encourage an artistic streak in their children
- an eccentric cross between a freshman art course and a creative writing class taught by a new ageist

I strongly recommend flipping through a copy of this if at all possible before buying, as its unusual style is likely to either strongly resonate with or be completely wrong for an individual with little neutral ground.
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juliet king
Not what we expected, but still a good book
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this book gives one a point of initiation to explore and expand one's world in nonstandard directions. some people might find this book to effect inspiration, whilst other people might well find this book to provide ideas alone, being already the adventuresome sort.
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jeremy lao
This book is a must for those adults who have lost their way in the world and need to rediscover their childhood adventures and sense of wonderment...Love this book and so will you!
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rory burnham
this book is cleverly written and has some wonderful ideas for exploring your world. most all of them are ideas I have never seen before and want to try in my sketchbook. there are examples too. I highly recommend this book for the artist, journaler or someone that just wants to see their world with FRESH eyes!
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yara eisa
I aboslutely love this!

Cannot wait to use it everyday! So much fun!
I plan on sharing my findings too!
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Let me preface this, by saying I love Keri Smith. I do. However, to me, this book fell short on so many levels. There is a lot of space to the book with few words to really sink your teeth into. If you are like me and LOVED her "Wreck This Journal", I think you will be a little disappointed, because I was expecting the same type of book with a new twist, maybe?? This isn't that book. Now, I don't want to ruin it for other fans of Keri Smith. Maybe you WILL enjoy this book, but if you haven't tried "Wreck This Journal", I would definitely recommend that book over this one.
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julina clare
I really enjoyed reading this book. Each exercise seems like sound advice from a caring friend. Reading Keri's blog, or any of her wonderful books is a great place to soak up inspiration.
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amanda kence
I bought this book without really looking inside of it. The cover was colorful and it was in the journaling section of the bookstore. That seemed like enough to me.

I could have saved myself some money if I'd taken a minute to skim through it. The majority of the book is about picking up things you find on the ground and starting collections with it. She goes on at length about how if you are bored with your surroundings you just aren't looking hard enough. I have to disagree. Sometimes a location is just boring and telling me I'm not trying hard enough isn't going to change that reality.

This book will probably be appreciated by fans of her other books, but for those who aren't familiar with her work, if you are looking for eye candy or deep thoughts, this isn't the place to find it.
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