Category Archives: Originality

Before After

“Before After”

Before After, a wordless book of opposites, elevates opposite storytelling to another level. This book gives readers pause to think as they digest the cause and effect relationship between the before and after pictures.

This nice thick book offers lots of pairings to explore.

This book promotes creative components of nature, cause and effect, and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is not your typical opposite book and makes readers think about what happened that caused the after picture. This book would provide great discussions between child and caregiver as they read the pictures together.

TITLE: Before After

ILLUSTRATORS: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui 

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): cause and effect

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a picture of one of your favorite things in nature. This will be your before picture. Think about what different things can happen to your nature item. Pick one and draw your after picture. Share with a friend.

2) Let’s work backwards or do the reverse by first drawing the after picture and then drawing the before picture of another favorite nature item.

3) Pick a plant, animal, or tree. Next draw its life cycle in stages.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Anne-Margot Ramstein, visit:

https://cargocollective.com/anne-margot

To learn more about illustrator Matthias Arégui, visit: 

https://www.matthiasaregui.com

Pomelo’s Opposites

“Pomelo’s Opposites”

Intro: When Pomelo was small, he was really small. And he couldn’t yet see the difference between …

Follow Pomelo as he discovers the opposite of things. 

This book promotes creative components of humor and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes the typical opposite book and turns it on its head with humor and by tackling conceptual learning. I love this one:

TITLE: Pomelo’s Opposites

AUTHOR: Ramona Badescu

ILLUSTRATOR: Benjamin Chaud

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): opposites

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a dictionary and flip it open to any page. Without looking, let your finger rest somewhere on the page. Open your eyes. What word did your finger land on? How can you show the opposite of that word?

2) Make a list of opposites that could be included in this book. Pick one of those opposites and sketch it out using Pomelo as the main character.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Ramona Badescu’s other books, visit:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/ramona-badescu.html

To learn more about illustrator Benjamin Chaud’s process, visit: 

https://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2015/03/04/studio-tour-behind-the-scenes-with-benjamin-chaud/

My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

“My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil”

When Grandma comes to visit, she asks her granddaughter about school. Instead of replying with the same boring answers, the girl draws portraits, adding special details using objects that show what makes each person special.

Who is her favorite teacher? 

Take a guess. 

An art teacher as colorful as a box of crayons.

This story promotes the creative components of originality and creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes familiar objects and uses them to create something unfamiliar yet familiar at the same time. People of all ages can try this art technique.

TITLE: My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

AUTHOR: Hanoch Piven

ILLUSTRATOR: Hanoch Piven

PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): art

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Like author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, create an object portrait of one of your friends, using collected objects from around your home that would show your friend’s personality. 

2) Make a greeting card for a friend using different objects.

3) Create a self-portrait using different objects. Have a friend create an object portrait of you. Compare portraits.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, visit:

http://www.pivenworld.com