While on a walk with her classmates to the park, a young girl discovers a red string and imagines this string as a dancing dragon, a long wall, an acrobat’s tightrope and more. When she shares her discoveries, the class line, which had been walking in a straight line, becomes a squiggly line.
“Push-a-pat – the top of a long great wall.”
This story is filled with lyrical language and promotes imagination, diversity, discovery and wonder.
TITLE: The Squiggle
AUTHOR: Carole Lexa Schaefer
ILLUSTRATOR: Pierr Morgan
PUBLISHER: Dragonfly Books, 1996
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, diversity, discovery and wonder
1) What else can a red string be transformed into? What if the string was blue instead of red? How would that have affected the story?
2) Pick a country different from the one you live in now. This country will be the new setting for THE SQUIGGLE. If needed, do research on this country and its culture. Based on this new setting, think up things that a red string can be transformed into.
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