“A Story That Grows”

“A Story That Grows”

A Story That Grows is a bedtime story that is sure to engage young readers and prompt imaginations. 

Based on the stuffed animal that the child is holding, readers can guess, before the page is turned, who the next reading family will be.

This book promotes creative components of originality and clever storytelling.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its different perspective of telling a bedtime story and that it highlights the caring relationship between a child and caregiver.

TITLE: A Story That Grows

AUTHOR: Gilles Bachelet

ILLUSTRATOR: Gilles Bachelet

PUBLISHER: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2019

Originally published in France, 2016

AGE GROUP: 3-5

TOPIC(S): bedtime, parent-child relationship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: cleverness, originality, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Think of three places where you might find groups of animals. (i.e. zoo, carnival) Next pick an animal from your location. Draw your animal father or mother or grandparent telling a bedtime story to an animal child. Don’t forget to add a stuffed animal that the child cuddles.

2) When you hear A Story that Grows, what images came to mind? I first thought of a vegetable that grows on a vine. Then I wondered about how a story could grow. What else could the author mean by the title, A Story that Grows? Use your imagination to write a story that grows using an image that first came to your mind.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Gilles Bachelet, visit:

http://www.seuiljeunesse.com/auteur/gilles-bachelet/273

A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down

“A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down”

In this poetry picture book, poetry is turned on its head. Some poems are meant to be read from the bottom up while others are meant to be read from the top to the bottom. Readers need to figure out whether the poem should be read up or down.

Read up or down?

Read down or up?

Illustrations marry beautifully with the up and down poems to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

This book promotes creative components of perspective and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the poem structure adds depth to the meaning of each poem. I adore the illustrations, which also bring another layer to reading these poems.

TITLE: A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down

AUTHOR: Dana Jensen

ILLUSTRATOR: Tricia Tusa

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: perspective, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Think of things that fall or rise up. Pick one of these things and write a “skinny” poem where the reader has to figure out whether to read it up or read it down.

2) Let’s turn things around. Think of things that are long in length. For example, a semi-truck is long.  Write a short poem about your long item by writing it lengthwise – one long line.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Dana Jensen, visit:

A webpage for Dana Jensen could not be located, but here is a little bit about him: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-meal-of-the-stars-dana-jensen/1110914062

To learn more about illustrator Tricia Tusa, visit:

http://www.triciatusa.com/about

Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

“Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game”

In this picture book, each scenario begins with “What animal could you make with…” and then clues are provided.

Open the flap to discover the animal and learn facts about each animal part as it relates to its clue.

Can you guess what animal this is? 

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the common household clues lead to a surprising animal discovery. I enjoy the flexible-thinking challenge as will readers of guessing the correct animal based on how an animal would use the objects (clues) as part of the attributes that comprise their genetic makeup or behavior. 

TITLE: Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

AUTHOR: Rachel Poliquin

ILLUSTRATOR: Bryon Eggenschwiler

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): animals, riddles, creative and critical thinking skills

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Add to the book by picking an animal and finding everyday items that relate to an attribute or behavior of the animal. Make a list of the clues and have someone guess your animal.

2) Think about a plant or tree. What everyday objects could provide clues about your plant or tree? Then have someone answer the question,  What plant could you make with….?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rachel Poliquin, visit:

http://www.rachelpoliquin.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Bryon Eggenschwiler, visit:

https://www.byronegg.com