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Aino-Maija Metsola is a Helsinki-based illustrator and designer. With particular interest in color she aims to craft bold but subtle images using a diverse selection of techniques from watercolor to ink, markers, and gouache. Her wide range of work covers prints and illustrations for various surfaces including textiles, clothes, tableware, stationery, books, and toys.
Aino-Maija graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki and has worked as a freelancer in the fields of illustration, pattern, and graphic design. She is known for her work for the design company Marimekko that she has collaborated with since 2006. Aino-Maija’s designs have been featured in publications and exhibitions around the world.
Sophisticated and stylish, this new board book will do more than teach children their A, B, C. Aino-Maija Metsola’s bold colours, geometric shapes and strong lines really catch the eye, letters and objects standing out vividly. The illustrations are chic but friendly – a grinning dinosaur, busy mouse and quizzical looking octopus amongst others – and the black letters are just as appealing. It provides ways to talk about colours and shapes as well as letters, and there are opportunities for counting on each page too. ~ Andrea Reece
These art charts by bold Finnish artist Aino-Maija Metsola feature 10 first words posters that little ones can remove and post on their wall. Each has a different theme introducing concepts such as Colours, Counting, Shapes, Opposites, The Four Seasons, Sea Creatures, Woodland Animals, African Animals, Pets, and Transport along with first words. The posters are full of bright, engaging illustrations that will encourage exploration and discussion. Also with an activity book at the rear.
March 15 Book of the Month First concepts books don’t come more stylish than this. Aino-Maija Metsola is a Finnish designer, well known internationally for her iconic textile and ceramic designs. Her bold colours, geometric shapes and flat lines look fabulous here. Each spread is divided into blocks of images, themed by colour and often nature-inspired – fruits, vegetables, flowers, birds and animals – that invite you to touch them and trace the outlines. Sturdy flaps can be opened to reveal hidden surprises, while children are challenged too to spot the odd one out on each page, the pink elephant for example on a page of blue. A visual treat for children and adults alike. ~ Andrea Reece And there's a equally bright and bold companion book you might like to read - Counting.
Lift the flaps to count from one to ten in this stylish book of numbers. Bold, eye-catching artwork and sturdy card lift-flaps throughout will make this a favourite with children and adults alike. And there's a equally bright and bold companion book you might like to read - Colours.
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