Category Archives: Imagination



In Puzzlers, readers encounter a parade of animals made from colorful collages of numbers. Readers search collages for a unique trait such as a upside down number, a pair of numbers, the tallest number, and a sequence.

In addition to finding the numbers that make up this frog, find all the numbers that are backward.

In this colorful fish, find a number pattern.

In the final spread, readers find all the unique traits in an animal that no one ever has before seen.

In the back of the book, answers to each puzzler are included as well as other games that can be found in each puzzler.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, parts to whole, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because readers use their creative and critical thinking skills to discover the numbers (parts) that make up the animals (whole). 

TITLE: Puzzlers

AUTHOR: Suse MacDonald


PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989


TOPIC(S): puzzles, animals, numbers

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: parts to whole, imagination, perspective


1) Draw your own puzzler using one of your favorite animals, a unique number characteristic, and numbers.

2) Draw a puzzler using a form of transportation such as a bike, car or train with letters of the alphabet.


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Poppy Pickle

“Poppy Pickle”

While Poppy lives in an ordinary house with ordinary parents and ordinary cats, she is far from ordinary. She is full of imagination. Sometimes Poppy’s imagination lands her in a pickle. 

One day after being sent to her room, Poppy starts to imagine and then something happens. 

All the things that Poppy imagines come alive. Things get out of control. How will Poppy fix things before her parents enter her room?

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its celebration of imagination. This humorous story is a fun read. Be sure to “read” the pictures.

TITLE: Poppy Pickle

AUTHOR: Emma Yarlett


PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2015


TOPIC(S): childhood, imagination

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor


1) Set a timer for ten minutes. Make a list of all the things that you can image. Let your imagination go wild. It can weird and wacky. It can be strange and unusual. It is imagined without judging it. From your list, pick one thing to sketch out. Name it.

2) Has your imagination ever gotten you in trouble? What happened? Now write about what would have happened if the things you had imagined had come alive (like in the story)? How would you solve the problem?


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Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.

When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony, 

he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.  

TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci

AUTHOR: J. Rutland


PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019


TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor


1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?


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