Category Archives: Imagination

Dandelion’s Dream

“Dandelion’s Dream”

In this wordless picture book, a dandelion bud blooms into a lion and goes on a grand adventure before going to seed. 

Without roots to keep him grounded, Dandelion hops a train, rides on a sheep, and sails on a boat to travel to the city. Amidst the city bustle, Lion goes unnoticed. When he sees a movie, he figures out how to fly home. 

Read the book to discover the heartfelt ending, a subtle message of the circle of life. 

Yoko Tanaka’s charcoal illustrations pop with vibrant yellow to illuminate Dandelion’s warm character. 

This book promotes creative components of imagination, nature, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers can engage their imaginations to develop their storytelling skills while gaining a hint at the cycle of life.

TITLE: Dandelion’s Dream

AUTHOR: Yoko Tanaka

ILLUSTRATOR: Yoko Tanaka

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2020

AGE GROUP: 3-7

TOPIC(S): wordless, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a wish on a dandelion.

2) Research the life cycle of a dandelion. Draw out each life stage.

3) Did you know that dandelions are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring? They are early bloomers because their nectar supplies vital food to the queen bee who is emerging from hibernation. Name an additional three ways that dandelions are an important part of the ecosystem. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Yoko Tanaka visit:

http://yoko-tanaka.com/bio/

The Snow Rabbit

“The Snow Rabbit”

In this wordless picture book, two sisters watch the falling snow and an adventure begins.

One sister ventures outside to build a snow rabbit. She carries it back inside to share with her sister. When the rabbit begins to melt, the sisters head outside.

As soon as the rabbit feels the cold snow, it hops away. The sisters chase it further into the dark woods where the wheelchair gets stuck in the deep snow.

Scared, they huddle together until a larger-than-life white rabbit springs towards them. Read the book to discover this heartfelt ending.

The cut-paper illustrations are so beautifully crafted that no text is needed to tell this story, only a reader’s imagination.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and compassion.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because its paper-crafted illustrations seamlessly tell a story while allowing the reader’s imagination to “read” the story.

TITLE: The Snow Rabbit

AUTHOR: Camille Garoche

ILLUSTRATOR: Camille Garoche

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): winter, sibling relationship, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, empathy

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own snow rabbit using only paper and scissors. 

2) Make paper snowflakes. For easy instructions, visit https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/seasons/winter/paper-snowflakes/

3) Try your hand at making an origami rabbit by visiting https://www.origami-resource-center.com/easy-origami-rabbit.html.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Camille Garoche, visit:

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=https://camille.garoche.me/&prev=search

A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

“A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!”

Watch out for Busy Creature as he chomps his way through apples, berries, furniture, gravy, ice cream, and more. When he mixes too many odd “foods,” oh no!

A fun approach to teaching the ABC’s with a bit of storytelling, too.

This book promotes creative components of humor, imagination, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its main character’s humorous antics and how the author/illustrator brings a fresh take to a common subject. Enjoy this read!

TITLE: A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

AUTHOR: Mo Willems

ILLUSTRATOR: Mo Willems

PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, imagination, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own ABC adventure that stars you.

2) Design your own creature that might like to eat things at school.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Mo Willems, visit:

http://mowillemsfaq.blogspot.com