Category Archives: Imagination

The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

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

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities: https://www.thesnowman.com/make-and-do/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, visit:

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

“Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington”

In this biography picture book, illustrator Amanda Hall’s pictures capture imaginations while author Michelle Markel’s storytelling capture Lenora Carrington’s fascinating life.

Ever since she was a little girl, Lenora only wanted to draw. She sketched birds, horses, make-believe planets, and magical worlds. 

Despite her parents’ wishes for her to be a well-bred English girl and get married, Lenora only wanted one thing – to become an artist. When she moved to London to study painting, she discovered surrealism. This was the kind of art she had to create. After moving to France, she escaped World War II by moving to Mexico where she lived the rest of her life, painting, sculpting, and writing.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, imagination, taking risks, and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I enjoying learning about a creative person and their creative process. I like to see connections between their childhood and their creative talents. Additionally, the beautiful colorful illustrations spark my imagination to create.

TITLE: Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

AUTHOR: Michelle Markel

ILLUSTRATOR:Amanda Hall

PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, 2019

AGE GROUP: 7-9

TOPIC(S): biography of artist Leonora Carrington, finding your passion

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, imagination, inspiration, taking risks

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Surrealism art combines things that do not usually go together, for example, a cell phone and a cow. Try your hand at surrealism art by picking two things that do not go together and combine them to create a new image.

2) Watch this YouTube video to learn more about surrealism.

3) Check out an art book from the library. Which art forms capture your imagination?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michelle Markel, visit:

http://www.michellemarkel.com/bio.html

To learn more about illustrator Amanda Hall, visit:

https://www.amandahall-illustration.com/about-info/

The Wonder

“The Wonder”

This story is about a boy whose head is always filled with wonder. As he heads to the bus stop, he wonders where birds fly to. He wonders who makes the clouds. He even wonders what the crossing guard’s sign might taste like.

With each wonder, he is told to pay attention and stop daydreaming. Finally, in art class, his art teacher tells him to use his imagination. 

And he does.

Five wordless spreads illustrate endless creative potential.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the message is to embrace your wonders and use your imagination to set those wonders free. Wonderful things can happen will you do.

TITLE: The Wonder

AUTHOR: Faye Hanson

ILLUSTRATOR: Faye Hanson

PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): daydreams, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you wonder about? Make a list of your wonders. Pick one or two and use your imagination to create an answer. Visualize in your mind what that might look like. Then, sketch or write it out. Share your wonder with someone.

2) Think up new wonders each day for a week.

3) Color an entire sheet of white paper with colors. Next, with a black crayon, color over the colors. Using a popsicle stick or toothpick, draw a picture by scratching. With each scratch, the colors beneath the black crayon will be revealed. 

https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/drawing/crayon-etching/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Faye Hanson, visit:https://www.templarco.co.uk/faye-hanson