Category Archives: Flexible Thinking

The Sleepy Songbird

“The Sleepy Songbird”

Peep wakes to the sound of a beautiful song. He flies through the forest asking different animals if they are the one who is singing the lovely tune.

He finds the Dawn Chorus. They offer for him to audition, but Peep is too late or too sleepy to sing in the morning. 

“Why can I sing in the evening but not the morning?” he wondered. Another little bird answers, “Because you’re a nightingale, just like me.”

Lovely, warm artwork accompanies this heartfelt story of a bird who discovers his specialness.

This book promotes creative components of nature and uniqueness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its relatable heartfelt message and adorable illustrations.

TITLE: The Sleepy Songbird

AUTHOR: Suzanne Barton

ILLUSTRATOR: Suzanne Barton

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury, 2014

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): nature, relationships, being special

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, uniqueness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hum a song that represents you.

2) Easy, colorful how to draw a robin by Suzanne Barton:

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2015/dec/12/how-to-draw-a-christmas-robin

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Suzanne Barton, visit:

https://suzannebarton.co.uk

A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG

“A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG”

Silly word game + barnyard = picture book entertainment

First you get a two-word clue. Then you think of two words that mean the same thing but also rhyme.

Try your hand at guessing the answers!

This book promotes creative components of humor and flexible thinking,

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it makes the reader think in a different way through word play and connects readers to nature through photography.

TITLE: A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG: A Rhyming Word Game

AUTHOR: Francis McCall

ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Keeler

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2002

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): rhyming words, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own silly word game using a different setting.

2) Take a picture and make up a silly riddle to accompany your image.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Francis McCall, visit:

https://francismccall.com/home.html

To learn more about author/illustrator Patricia Keeler, visit:https://patriciakeeler-author-illustrator.com/artwork/4542894-BIOGRAPHY.html

Lines That Wiggle

“Lines That Wiggle”

Follow the glittery line 

that runs through this picture book 

and turns itself into all kinds of things.

In this rhyming story, readers discover lines are found in everyday objects. 

Also, readers can trace the sparkly cursive line with their fingers because it is textured and raised. 

This book promotes creative components of flexible thinking and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows all sorts of things that a line can be. Readers can experience this book through their tactile and visual senses.

TITLE: Lines That Wiggle

AUTHOR: Candace Whitman

ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Wilson

PUBLISHER: Blue Apple Books, 2009

AGE GROUP: 3-5

TOPIC(S): lines, forms and shapes

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a squiggle. Have someone transform your squiggle into an image.

2) Draw all sorts of lines – wavy, straight, zig zag, loop-de-loop, etc. Imagine what could be at the end of those lines. 

3) “Lines are everywhere you look so find some lines not in this book!” Look around you. What lines did you discover?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Candace Whitman, visit:

https://www.candacewhitman.com/bio

To learn more about illustrator Steve Wilson, visit:https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/steve-wilson/