Category Archives: Imagination

Sweet Dreamers

Sweet Dreamers

Ever wonder what animals dream about? In Sweet Dreamers, a creative nonfiction picture book, author/illustrator Isabelle Simler transports readers into different animals’ realms, while departing natural facts about each creature through her lyrical description of how they dream. 

The ant “gathers and collects hundreds of quick naps” while the seahorse “as if on a carousel, the seahorse dreams at a gallop” and the spider “dreams on a tightrope – the lacework pattern of his sleep hanging by a thread.”

As a longer picture book, Simler uses two-page landscape spreads to introduce a new environment of animals. Each animal receives a close-up and a full-body illustration.

A perfect read aloud bedtime story.

This book promotes creativity and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the lyrical words and beautiful illustrations speak to the reader and immediately take the reader into each animal’s dreamtime. Strong word choices seamlessly blend each animal’s natural characteristics into evocative poetry.

TITLE: Sweet Dreamers

AUTHOR: Isabelle Simler

ILLUSTRATOR: Isabelle Simler

PUBLISHER: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2019

Originally published in France 2017

English language translation by Sarah Ardizzone, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPICS: bedtime, nature-based poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Watch your pet or a video that shows a sleeping animal. Make a list of words or phrases that describe that animal. Make another list that describes how you think you look when you sleep. Using words from both lists, write a poem about your sleeping animal and you.

2) Although Isabelle Simler crafted her illustrations digitally, it reminds me of scratch art. Make your own scratch art. Visit this blogpost for DIY easy scratch art:

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Isabelle Simler, visit:

http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2018/12/lets-talk-illustrators-92-isabelle.html

“drawn together”

drawn together

A grandson is to spend time with his grandfather but there’s a generational gap. They don’t speak each other’s language. They don’t eat the same food. And they don’t watch the same television shows. 

Then Grandfather sees his grandson drawing with markers. He brings his pen and ink. And in a flash, they discover a new world that words can’t describe.

But when they’re closer than ever, the old distance returns. Will they be able to cross that generational bridge?

This book promotes creativity, creative problem solving, and diversity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this almost wordless book because it is a story that doesn’t need words for its message to be told. The graphic novel-story type illustrations add another layer. I really enjoyed seeing how this author and illustrator bridge the generational gap literally and figuratively. 

TITLE: drawn together

AUTHOR: Minh Lê

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Santat

PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion, 2018

TOPIC(S): generational, grandparent/grandchild relationship, culture

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, creative problelm solving, diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) With a friend or sibling, invent a language that only the two of you understand.

2) Build a bridge using your favorite food or candy.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Minh Lê, visit:

http://minhlebooks.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Dan Santat, visit: 

https://www.dantat.com

The One-Stop Story Shop

The One-Stop Story Shop”

One day a knight seeks out a dragon to battle. When he arrives at the dragon’s lair, the knight finds a note that informs him that the dragon is on a two- week vacation. Without a dragon to fight, the knight’s story is stuck.  Luckily, he happens upon The One-Stop Story Shop, where characters, plots, wigs, wands, and more are available.

Soon the knight and his ferret sidekick are having different adventures such The Starry-Space-Chase Adventure and The Hold-on-to-Your-Hats Cowboy Adventure. But these tales aren’t quite right. Finally, the knight embarks on an underwater adventure that has everything he wants – a gallant horse, a mysterious cave, treasure, and a terrible beast to fight.

When the dragon returns home early from his vacation ready to battle, the knight realizes that there is a world of stories waiting for him, and declares, “No, thanks!”

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for many reasons: the catchy title that uses alliteration, the overall story that encompasses smaller stories, and the ending twist. But most of all, I enjoyed this book for its clever, unusual fairy tale adventures. 

TITLE: The One-Stop Story Shop

AUTHOR: Tracey Corderoy

ILLUSTRATOR: Tony Neal

PUBLISHER: Tiger Tales, 2019

AGE GROUP:  5-7

TOPIC(S): adventure storytelling, fairy tales

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of your favorite characters from books, movies, or cartoons. Pick one character to be your main character and one character to be a secondary character. Write an adventure story about them using alternate settings.

2) What elements make up a fairy tale? Pretend you are the main character in a fairy tale of your choice. What things can you use from your life to make your fairy tale a modern day fairy tale? Write your fairy tale adventure.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tracey Corderoy, visit:

http://www.traceycorderoy.com/about

To learn more about illustrator Tony Neal, visit: http://tonyneal.co.uk