Category Archives: Imagination

What If…

What If…”

Samantha Berger’s rhyming picture book, What If…, celebrates creative expression. A determined girl uses paper and a pencil to create her stories. But happens when her pencil is gone. She’ll shape the leaves. What if the leaves are blown away? She’ll sculpt in snow. What if the snow melts? She’ll use sunlight and shadows. What if everything is taken away?

This story promotes creative components of imagination, persistence, resourceful, and valuing creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for three reasons. First, when the main character is faced with obstacles, she chooses to use her imagination and resources around her to find ways to express her creativity. She does not let anything stop her. Secondly, I appreciate the last page of this book which states: “As long as I live, I will always create,” a personal mantra that I try to live by daily. Thirdly, my favorite question is what if because it promotes wonder. What if the world was square? What if I lived in another country? And so I ask you, What if?

TITLE: What If…

AUTHOR: Samantha Berger

ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Curato

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

THEME(S)/TOPICS: overcoming obstacles, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, persistence, resourceful, valuing one’s creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick one of your favorite things to do. List the items you need in order to do your favorite thing. What would you do if those things were no longer available? How would you do your favorite thing?

2) In what ways are you creative? What would you do if you could no longer express your creativity in the way you always have?

3) Create list of “what if” questions. Share with your friends and see how their answers differ from each other. Teachers can use these what if lists for daily writing prompts.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Samantha Berger, visit:

http://www.samanthaberger.com/about.html

To learn more about illustrator Mike Curato, visit:

https://www.mikecurato.com/about

Magritte’s Marvelous Hat

“Magritte’s Marvelous Hat”

When Magritte tries on a hat, it floats above his head. He buys the hat and discovers that his painting becomes better than ever.

   

The hat likes to play hide and seek which inspires Magritte to paint ordinary things in an unordinary way. One day the hat hides so well that Magritte cannot find it. Will he still be able to paint?

This book promotes imagination, wonder, different perspectives, and creativity.

TITLE: Magritte’s Marvelous Hat

AUTHOR: D. B. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: D. B. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Children, 2012

AGE GROUP: 5-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, different perspectives, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create a new way to play hide and seek by changing the rules, seeking something unusual or using a different setting to play.

2) Surrealism artist Rene Magritte used juxtaposition of imagery in his paintings. Juxtaposition is placing together two contrasting/opposing objects to showcase their differences while forcing a connection(s) between the two. What is a connection that you make in Magritte’s painting titled Golconde?

Your turn: Create a picture that uses two objects that are not associated with each other to form an unlikely connection.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator D. B. Johnson, visit:

http://www.dbjohnsonart.com/about.html

To learn more about the Surrealism artist Rene Magritte, visit:

https://www.theartstory.org/artist-magritte-rene.htm

With Love, Little Red Hen

“With Love, Little Red Hen”

Little Red Hen and her chicks move to a new cottage in Hidden Forest to grow a corn crop. When she asks some neighbors for help, they refuse. Letters written by her neighbors, Goldilocks, Little Red Hen, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood tell the story of Little Red Hen and their plan to help their new neighbor but Wolfy Lupus and his cousin Fer O’Cious have a plan of their own.

This book promotes imagination, different perspectives, and creativity.

TITLE: With Love, Little Red Hen

AUTHOR: Alma Flor Ada

ILLUSTRATOR: Leslie Tryon

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Children, 2001

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspectives, creative, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Each character writes letters in first person point of view. Write a letter to one of the characters in the story telling them of a problem you have. Have that character write you back offering you a solution to the problem.

2) In this story, the author and illustrator created a new world for these well-known characters. Pick a well-known character. Use your imagination to create a world different from the world that your character would normally live in. Draw a map of this new world.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Alma Flor Ada, visit:

http://almaflorada.com/about/biographical-information/

To learn more about illustrator Leslie Tryon, visit:

http://www.leslietryon.com/permanentfiles/bio.html