Sidewalk Circus, a wordless book, brings the Garibaldi Circus to town in an unusual way. No one notices these shadowy circus performers at a crowded bus stop except for a pair of children. Tight ropewalking construction workers. A juggling pancake flipping cook. The Flying Trapeze Brothers window washers.
This book promotes imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.
TITLE: Sidewalk Circus
AUTHOR: Paul Fleischman
ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Hawkes
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2004
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, flexible thinking
1) Make a list of forest animals. How can each animal’s shadow be a circus performer? For example, a duck flying up from the pond is the cannonball act.
2) How might you plan birthday party games as circus acts? Which circus act is your favorite?
To learn more about author Paul Fleischman, visit: http://www.paulfleischman.net/index.htm
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“The Green Umbrella”
On a rainy day, Elephant went for a walk with his green umbrella. Along the way, he encounters animals that think his umbrella is something else. Hedgehog thinks it’s a boat while Cat thinks it’s a tent. Bear thinks it’s a flying machine. Elephant tells them that they are mistaken. Eventually, Elephant shares his umbrella with his new friends.
This book promotes flexible thinking and imagination.
TITLE: The Green Umbrella
AUTHOR: Jackie Azúa Kramer
ILLUSTRATOR: Maral Sassouni
PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books Inc., 2017
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, imagination
1) Change the color of the green umbrella. Brainstorm a list of other things the umbrella can be.
2) Elephant used his umbrella to protect himself from the rain and the sun. What are some other things that serve the same purpose? Pick one item from that list. What else can that item be used for?
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“Ed Emberley’s ABC”
Each letter of the alphabet tells a visual story while demonstrating how to write the letter by using an animal whose name begins with that letter writing the letter using an item which also begins with that letter.
Zebra rides a Zeppelin blimp, stringing lights as he goes to form the letter Z.
In the back of the book, Emberley demonstrates how to write each alphabet letter and lists items to find on each letter page (items start with that specific letter).
This book promotes creativity, imagination, nature and flexible thinking.
TITLE: A Child of Books
AUTHOR: Ed Emberley
ILLUSTRATOR: Ed Emberley
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 1978
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, nature, flexible thinking
1) What’s your favorite word? In what ways might you connect each letter to form your word? Remember there is no right or wrong answer. Get creative.
2) Brainstorm a list of animals that start with a letter of the alphabet. Pick one animal from that list. What trait(s) of that animal can be used to show how to write the letter? Sketch it out.
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