“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
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….?
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