The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver

“The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver”

George Washington Carver’s tale begins in a secret garden that he kept as a child. Exploring the woods to discover something new, young George studied nature on his own. 

No matter how much others tried to discourage him, George grew his flower garden, experimenting and learning. He wanted to share what he learned with others. Soon he became known as “the Plant Doctor.” 

At age twelve, he left his home and attended many schools to study agriculture and art. In 1896, George becomes the first Black man to graduate from Iowa Agricultural College with a master’s degree. During his life, George experiments with new crops, particularly the peanut. He develops over three hundred uses for the peanut. Check out this book to learn more about George Washington Carver’s life.

At the back of the book is a timeline of George Washington Carver’s life with further reading recommendations and a bibliography.

The gorgeous illustrations entrap the reader within George’s world.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, courage, perseverance, and inventiveness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows rather than tells the story of George through word painting and illustrations. 

TITLE: The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Frank Morrison

PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books, 2020

AGE GROUP: 6-8

TOPIC(S): biography of George Washington Carver

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, courage, perseverance, inventive

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Plant a garden filled with vegetables that you enjoy eating.

2) Care for a plant in your home. Try experimenting with sunlight by placing the plant in different windows. See which light source helps your plant grow best. 

3) Design an experiment to grow a plant, and then do it. What were your results? How might you redesign the experiment to grow more plants?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Gene Barretta visit:

To learn more about illustrator Frank Morrison visit:

http://www.morrisongraphics.com

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts

Charles Schultz, nicknamed Sparky, grew up in Minnesota. He longed to be a professional cartoonist. After visiting a comic strip art exhibit at St. Paul Public Library with his parents, Sparky was more determined than ever. He ripped up all his drawings and began new sketches. He submitted a drawing of his dog Spike, which was published in newspapers. 

After high school, Sparky received many rejection letters but he didn’t stop drawing. After serving in the war, Sparky started drawing cartoons that involved round faced kids that became Li’l Folks and would then later develop into Peanuts.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, passion, and perseverance.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because Snoopy is one of my favorite characters. I couldn’t pass up reading about the cartoonist who brought Snoopy to life. Readers will be inspired by Charles Schultz’s life story to pursue their passions while learning about the evolution of Peanuts.

TITLE: Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts

AUTHOR: Ginger Wadsworth

ILLUSTRATOR: Craig Orback

PUBLISHER: Christy Ottaviano Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): biography of Charles Schultz, Peanuts comic strip

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, passion, perseverance

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Remember a silly thing that happened to you. Draw a comic strip about that silly event using your favorite animal as the main character.

2) Charles Schultz was determined. Even as a child he wanted his drawings to be better, so he practiced and practiced. What is one thing that you would like to get better at? In what ways might you get better? Pick two choices and take action.

3) Who is your favorite Peanuts character and why? How are you like that character?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Ginger Wadsworth visit:

https://www.gingerwadsworth.com/about

To learn more about illustrator Craig Orback visit:

http://www.craigorback.com/bio.htm

Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?

“Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?”

When the wind takes the farmer’s old brown hat, the farmer asks Squirrel, Mouse, Fly, Goat and Duck if they have seen his hat. No one has seen the hat. 

Yet, each one sees something different – a round pot, a round brown hill, and more. Read this book for a sweet ending.

This book promotes the creative component of flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the nostalgic illustrations and text take me back to books of my childhood. Also, readers can imagine what else a hat can be. 

TITLE: Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?

AUTHOR: Joan L. Nodset

ILLUSTRATOR: Fritz Siebel 

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1963

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): farmer, farm, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a setting other than a farm such as a city or school. What else can a hat be in that particular setting?

2) Pick a unique style of hat. What else can that hat be?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Joan L. Nodset, visit:

www.harpercollins.com/author/cr-109923/joan-m-lexau/

To learn more about illustrator Fritz Siebel, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/60002/fritz-siebel