Category Archives: Nature

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

ILLUSTRATOR: J. Rutland

PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

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

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator J. Rutland visit:

Knock Knock

“Knock Knock”

In the book, Knock Knock, joke telling is the story teller. As Bear is getting ready for bed, his friends keep knocking on his door interrupting Bear’s plans for hibernation.

With each knock, Bear becomes more and more annoyed until Al knocks on his door and a surprise unfolds.

This story promotes creative components of humor and originality. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of how the author combined two things that don’t usually go together – jokes and bears, to produce a humorous story about hibernation. Additionally, the full-of-life illustrations depict vibrant characters that lend another layer of storytelling.

TITLE: Knock Knock

AUTHOR: Tammi Sauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Guy Francis

PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): friendship, jokes, hibernation

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own knock, knock jokes about another animal who hibernates.

2) Create more knock, knock jokes with your friends to make a joke book. Here is a joke of mine: Knock, knock. Who’s there? Ida. Ida, who? Ida wanna do my homework.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tammi Sauer, visit:

http://www.tammisauer.com/about-me

To learn more about illustrator Guy Francis, visit:

http://www.guyfrancis.com/Kactiguy/Home.html

Snow Music

Snow Music”

Do you hear it? 

Peht. 

Peht. 

Peht. 

Snow is falling. 

Follow a deer and a lost then found dog as they wander through this musical snow-covered world in Snow Music. 

Author/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins creates music bars for snowballs, dog tags, and snow plows that tickle the imagination. 

Sing along as if you were in the car slushing through the snow.

This story promotes creative components of originality and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for how the author/illustrator immerses and interacts with the reader to bring the reader into this musical snowy world in such an original way.

TITLE:Snow Music

AUTHOR: Lynne Rae Perkins

ILLUSTRATOR: Lynne Rae Perkins

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2000

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): rhyme, snow, music

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What sounds do you hear in your neighborhood when snow is falling? What sounds do you hear in your neighborhood when snow is melting? Using onomatopoeia to describe your sounds, have someone guess what makes that sound?  Onomatopoeia is a word created from the sound it is describing. For example, sniff sounds like when someone sniffs through his nose.

2) Sing along to a song about snow.

3) What would the sound of snow falling sound like to a deer or rabbit whose ears are shaped definitely than human ears?

4) Like the author/illustrator did in the story, write music bars for the things related to winter activities such as skiing, ice skating, or sledding.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins, visit: