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If Monet Painted A Monster

“If Monet Painted A Monster”

Artists paint monsters in many different ways, but what would the monster look like if a master artist painted it? In this book, readers will follow the mouse-artist to discover various famous artworks that now have monsters incorporated into them utilizing the famous artists’ unique painting styles.

In the back of the book learn more about the sixteen represented artists and their artwork. 

This book can also be used with art lessons.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, uniqueness, and creative expression.

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: If Monet Painted A Monster

AUTHOR: Amy Newbold

ILLUSTRATOR: Greg Newbold

PUBLISHER: Tilbury House Publishers, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-9

TOPIC(S): monsters, art history, painters

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, uniqueness, creative expression

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Design a monster. Next pick a famous work of art. Then recreate that art piece using your monster.

2) Of the artworks shown in this book, which one are you most drawn to? Research that artist’s style. Paint a picture using that artist’s particular art style. 

3) Often times monsters are depicted as scary. Create a “nice” monster. What superpower does your monster have? How will your monster help others or the world?

4) Pick two artworks from the book. Compare and contrast the different artistic styles. Try your hand at painting or drawing in those artists’ styles.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Amy Newbold visit:

https://www.amynewbold.com/about

To learn more about illustrator Greg Newbold visit:

https://illoz.com/newbold/about/

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

Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?

“Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?”

When the wind takes the farmer’s old brown hat, the farmer asks Squirrel, Mouse, Fly, Goat and Duck if they have seen his hat. No one has seen the hat. 

Yet, each one sees something different – a round pot, a round brown hill, and more. Read this book for a sweet ending.

This book promotes the creative component of flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the nostalgic illustrations and text take me back to books of my childhood. Also, readers can imagine what else a hat can be. 

TITLE: Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?

AUTHOR: Joan L. Nodset

ILLUSTRATOR: Fritz Siebel 

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1963

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): farmer, farm, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a setting other than a farm such as a city or school. What else can a hat be in that particular setting?

2) Pick a unique style of hat. What else can that hat be?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Joan L. Nodset, visit:

www.harpercollins.com/author/cr-109923/joan-m-lexau/

To learn more about illustrator Fritz Siebel, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/60002/fritz-siebel