“Rock What Ya Got”
The opening: “Once upon a blank piece of paper, where anything can happen…”
The artist draws a character and names her Viva.
Viva likes who she is but the artist feels that something isn’t quite right.
She draws different hairstyles for Viva. Still not right, and the artist continues to change things about Viva. With each change, Viva states, “Rock what you ya got!” Will the artist ever accept Viva the way she is?
This story promotes creative components of individuality and different perspective.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its message: “Rock what ya got – Look at what it is, not what is not!” Another element that this story offers is that the artist learns to accept herself.
TITLE: Rock What Ya Got
AUTHOR: Samantha Berger
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018
AGE GROUP: 5-8
TOPIC(S): self-esteem, acceptance of one’s self
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective
1) Find a rock and decorate it to look like you.
2) Use a beat/rhythm that you like to write a song about you.
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