Category Archives: Creative Person

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played The Piano For President Lincoln

“Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played The Piano For President Lincoln”

As a little girl, Teresa loved to play the piano. She expressed herself through her music. By age six, she wrote her own songs. At age seven, she performed in a cathedral. When a revolution had erupted in Venezula, Teresa and her family fleed their home and immigrated to the United States. Homesick, they found themselves in a new country that was in the midst of the Civil War.

Determined to be better,Teresa practiced waltzes, sonatas, folk songs, and symphonies. She became known as the Piano Girl and performed solos with orchestras. At age ten, she received an invitation from President Abraham Lincoln to play at the White House. The country was still at war and the president had just lost his son. Teresa worried if she would play well enough. Would her music bring comfort?

This book promotes creative components of creative person, perseverance, and courage.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because Teresa’s story is one that kids can relate to. Her perseverance, determination, and passion for music at such a young age is admirable. Additionally the bright, vivid illustrations invite readers into Teresa’s world. 

TITLE: Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played The Piano For President Lincoln

AUTHOR: Margarita Engle

ILLUSTRATOR: Rafael López

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2019

AGE GROUP: 7-9

TOPIC(S): biography of Teresa Carreño, piano talent, Civil War

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, perseverance, courage

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) With a guardian or parent’s permission, download a piano playing app. Invent and record your own song.

2) Play notes on a piano that sound like birds flying, thunder rolling, and squirrels scampering.

3) What is one thing you do that really interests you? In what ways might you learn and practice it?

4) Listen toTeresa Carreño play the piano on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SCoheEblp0&list=PLKV9opFgiV-BYPYX3prpxiJMXk_PmJknq&index=1

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Margarita Engle visit:

http://www.margaritaengle.com/about.html

To learn more about illustrator Rafael López visit:

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver

“The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver”

George Washington Carver’s tale begins in a secret garden that he kept as a child. Exploring the woods to discover something new, young George studied nature on his own. 

No matter how much others tried to discourage him, George grew his flower garden, experimenting and learning. He wanted to share what he learned with others. Soon he became known as “the Plant Doctor.” 

At age twelve, he left his home and attended many schools to study agriculture and art. In 1896, George becomes the first Black man to graduate from Iowa Agricultural College with a master’s degree. During his life, George experiments with new crops, particularly the peanut. He develops over three hundred uses for the peanut. Check out this book to learn more about George Washington Carver’s life.

At the back of the book is a timeline of George Washington Carver’s life with further reading recommendations and a bibliography.

The gorgeous illustrations entrap the reader within George’s world.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, courage, perseverance, and inventiveness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows rather than tells the story of George through word painting and illustrations. 

TITLE: The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Frank Morrison

PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books, 2020

AGE GROUP: 6-8

TOPIC(S): biography of George Washington Carver

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, courage, perseverance, inventive

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Plant a garden filled with vegetables that you enjoy eating.

2) Care for a plant in your home. Try experimenting with sunlight by placing the plant in different windows. See which light source helps your plant grow best. 

3) Design an experiment to grow a plant, and then do it. What were your results? How might you redesign the experiment to grow more plants?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Gene Barretta visit:

To learn more about illustrator Frank Morrison visit:

http://www.morrisongraphics.com

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts

Charles Schultz, nicknamed Sparky, grew up in Minnesota. He longed to be a professional cartoonist. After visiting a comic strip art exhibit at St. Paul Public Library with his parents, Sparky was more determined than ever. He ripped up all his drawings and began new sketches. He submitted a drawing of his dog Spike, which was published in newspapers. 

After high school, Sparky received many rejection letters but he didn’t stop drawing. After serving in the war, Sparky started drawing cartoons that involved round faced kids that became Li’l Folks and would then later develop into Peanuts.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, passion, and perseverance.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because Snoopy is one of my favorite characters. I couldn’t pass up reading about the cartoonist who brought Snoopy to life. Readers will be inspired by Charles Schultz’s life story to pursue their passions while learning about the evolution of Peanuts.

TITLE: Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schultz and the Creation of Peanuts

AUTHOR: Ginger Wadsworth

ILLUSTRATOR: Craig Orback

PUBLISHER: Christy Ottaviano Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): biography of Charles Schultz, Peanuts comic strip

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, passion, perseverance

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Remember a silly thing that happened to you. Draw a comic strip about that silly event using your favorite animal as the main character.

2) Charles Schultz was determined. Even as a child he wanted his drawings to be better, so he practiced and practiced. What is one thing that you would like to get better at? In what ways might you get better? Pick two choices and take action.

3) Who is your favorite Peanuts character and why? How are you like that character?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Ginger Wadsworth visit:

https://www.gingerwadsworth.com/about

To learn more about illustrator Craig Orback visit:

http://www.craigorback.com/bio.htm