“If I Built A Car”
Written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, If I Built A Car is an imaginative, fun, rhyming story.
To transform a car from boring to spectacular, Jack imagines a grand design.
A pool, a fish tank, and a snack bar are a few necessary features.
A grand car is not complete without soaring through the sky and diving underwater with environmentally-friendly fumes–flowers and blueberry muffins. What kind of car would you design?
This book promotes creative expression and imagination.
TITLE: If I Built A Car
AUTHOR: Chris Van Dusen
ILLUSTRATOR: Chris Van Dusen
PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s Books, 2005
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative expression, imagination
1) Let your imagination go wild! Design your own car. Begin by researching vintage and modern cars. What features do you like? Is there a specific time period you are drawn to? Brainstorm one category – things that fly. Brainstorm a second category – things that float. From each list, circle your two most unusual things. Combine them to create a new car design. What purpose(s) would your car serve?
2) Chris Van Dusen dedicates his book to his parents in a funny, clever way.
Write a clever dedication to someone who inspired you to accomplish an important endeavor.
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