Category Archives: Originality

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds”

In My Beautiful Birds, this story begins with the title page.

 Just look at this gorgeous title page.

In this evocative refugee story, Sami, his family, and neighbors are forced to escape their homes due to the bombings during the Syrian Civil War. Sami loves his beautiful pigeons and worries that they did not get out safely. After walking days and nights, they arrive at a refugee camp.

As his family settles into camp life, Sami does not. He cannot forget his birds and the life his family left behind. Until one day, four birds fly into camp and settle on Sami’s outstretched arms. 

Whena new refugee enters the camp, he welcomes her with his birds and as a new friend.

These dimensional illustrations transport readers into this world.

This story promotes creative components of originality and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this story because it tackles a heartbreaking subject and transforms it into a beautiful story. It shows the endearing relationship between humans and animals that can inspire hope and love. Also, I am in awe of Suzanne Del Rizzo’s gorgeous illustrations.

TITLE:My Beautiful Birds

AUTHOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo

ILLUSTRATOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo

PUBLISHER: Pajama Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): refugee camp, birds, relationships, hope

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Study a feather. Notice all the details. Using clay and a toothpick, sculpt a feather as best as you can.

2) Think about ways that people turn a tragedy into something positive. In what ways might you help someone to feel more positive?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo, visit:

http:// https://suzannedelrizzo.com/about-2/

New York Melody

New York Melody”

In New York Melody, written and illustrated by Hélène Druvert, a musical note goes on an adventurous spree through New York City.

The concert begins. One note flies around like kite and secretly floats away. 

Broadway is twinkling with a jazz club sound. The note rides on the rhythm of the instruments.

The music plays through night. At dawn, the note awakes to a guitar’s sweet tune in Central Park and follows a cyclist, who whistles the song through the streets of New York City. 

This story promotes creative components of imagination, wonder, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the illustrations inspire my imagination to be the musical note and float along on its journey. I pretend to be the note and imagine what I would feel, see and hear. I imagine what it would be like to be a musical note in other cities and in small towns. 

TITLE:New York Melody

AUTHOR: HélèneDruvert

ILLUSTRATOR: HélèneDruvert

PUBLISHER: Thames & Huson, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): music, New York City

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hélène Druvert’s illustrative process uses lasers to cut her detailed paper illustrations.Read this interview and watch the brief video (enclosed in the interview). http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2017/01/lets-talk-helene-druvert.html

Using Druvert’s work as inspiration, draw an image of your favorite animal in a favorite storybook setting and cut it out as an illustrative scene for that story.

2) Make a list of all the instruments you have heard being played. From your list, pick one instrument and imagine the note that it would play. Pretend you are that note and travel to another city. What would you hear? What would you do?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hélène Druvert, visit:

http://helenedruvert.net

Poetree

Poetree”

Each season is introduced with a rhyming couplet. 

Followed by acrostic poems that inspire wonder about the seasons.

Illustrations bring readers into this seasonal world. 

This story promotes creative components of imagination, originality, nature, and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the poems are written in kid-friendly language that shows originality about a commonly written topic. 

TITLE:Poetree

POEMS by: Caroline Pignat

ILLUSTRATOR: Francois Thisdale

PUBLISHER: Red Deer Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): changing seasons, poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, originality, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What is your favorite season? Using your senses, make a table-list of things that show that season. 

SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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From your table-list, pick words to create an image of your season by drawing a picture and “hiding” your words in your picture.

2) Seasons change and so do you. Think about what new things you learned or did during the last year. What new thing(s) did you learn or do in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall? 

3) An acrostic poem is where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a word. Pick a seasonal word to write an acrostic poem.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about poet Caroline Pignat, visit:

https://www.carolinepignat.com/caroline.html

To learn more about illustrator Francois Thisdale, visit:

https://www.thisdale.com/bio_e.htm