Category Archives: Discovery

Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

“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

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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….?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rachel Poliquin, visit:

http://www.rachelpoliquin.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Bryon Eggenschwiler, visit:

https://www.byronegg.com

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv

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