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Apart, Together: A Book about Transformation

Apart, Together: A Book about Transformation

Current price: $19.99
Publication Date: October 17th, 2023
Balzer + Bray
The MIT Press Bookstore
1 on hand, as of Apr 11 10:42am
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This bold, surprising picture book demonstrates the magic of everyday transformations (and introduces cause-and-effect) for the youngest readers.

What happens when 1+1 equals . . . something other than 2?

Apart, blue is blue and yellow is yellow . . . but together they make green. Bees and flowers together make honey. Soap and water become foam!

With playful art and a simple, lyrical structure, this picture book is a delightful read-aloud and the perfect way to talk about all the wonderful ways that, so often, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

About the Author

Linda Booth Sweeney is a writer, educator, game maker, and trampoline jumper who writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. Her picture books include Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial, When the Snow Falls, and When the Wind Blows. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. You can visit her online at    

Ariel Rutland is an award-winning designer and illustrator whose work focuses on themes of nature, curiosity, humor, and beauty in everyday objects. Apart, Together is her first book. When she isn’t drawing and designing, she can be found playing in the backyard with her three young boys and husband in Yardley, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at  

Praise for Apart, Together: A Book about Transformation

“A sweet read-aloud for younger readers to help them learn how the individual is part of a greater community; a standout for conveying complex concepts in an accessible format.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

"A meditation on how separate things might make something new when they come together. Gentle, oblique reassurance for children who may be facing changes in their own families or lives." — Kirkus Reviews