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Takayo Noda

Born in Japan, Takayo Noda moved to New York City in the late 1980s to pursue her career as an artist. As is the case with some graphic artists, Noda's work has found a perfect home in the picture-book medium, and her intricate colored-paper collages, which have a subtle multidimensional effect, are paired with her original poems in several books for young children.

Highly praised by many critics, Noda's Dear World explores the beauty and joy of the world around us through the eyes of a child, while Song of the Flowers presents lullabies full of garden imagery. Praising the short, reflective poems and the accompanying handmade-paper collages in Dear World, Genevieve Gallagher commented in School Library Journal that Noda's "warmth and love shine through not only the text, but in the illustrations as well." GraceAnne A. DeCandido, writing in Booklist, also enjoyed Noda's picture-book debut, stating that the artist's "images are luminous indeed." With their hearts, flowers, rainbows, angels, and other child-friendly images, Noda's illustrations "have a wonderful three-dimensional quality," added DeCandido, while in Publishers Weekly a reviewer wrote that the author/illustrator's collages, "full of texture, shadows and complicated designs," "outshine" her "disingeniously childlike" verses.

As quoted by Patricia Fraga on the Austin Public Library Web site, Noda has commented: "Unconsciously, my work is often influenced by my childhood experiences."