Category Archives: Picture Books

A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG

“A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG”

Silly word game + barnyard = picture book entertainment

First you get a two-word clue. Then you think of two words that mean the same thing but also rhyme.

Try your hand at guessing the answers!

This book promotes creative components of humor and flexible thinking,

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it makes the reader think in a different way through word play and connects readers to nature through photography.

TITLE: A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG: A Rhyming Word Game

AUTHOR: Francis McCall

ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Keeler

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2002

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): rhyming words, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own silly word game using a different setting.

2) Take a picture and make up a silly riddle to accompany your image.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Francis McCall, visit:

https://francismccall.com/home.html

To learn more about author/illustrator Patricia Keeler, visit:https://patriciakeeler-author-illustrator.com/artwork/4542894-BIOGRAPHY.html

Fairy Science

“Fairy Science”

Fairies are supposed to believe in magic. 

Esther believes in science. When a tree in Pixieville stops growing, no one knows why. 

So Esther uses science to discover a solution. She begins by asking, “Why is the tree wilting?” Next she does research, forms a hypothesis, and experiments. She studies her results and makes a conclusion.

While Ester flies toward the sky to solve the tree’s problem, Ms. Pelly Petal casts magic. Who will save the tree? Read to find out.

In this book, readers ponder whether magic is science or science is magic while learning about the scientific method. Readers can perform the sun-bean experiment included in the back of the book.

This book promotes creative components of originality and individuality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the author connects science and magic for readers to draw their own conclusions. It was clever to use a fairy who believes in science instead of magic as the main character to further emphasize the theme.

TITLE: Fairy Science

AUTHOR: Ashley Spires

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley Spires

PUBLISHER: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): magic, scientific method, fairies, being true to one’s self

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, individuality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Use the steps of the scientific method to conduct an experiment that could provide an answer to something you wonder about.

2) Create a fairy garden in your backyard.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Ashley Spires, visit:

https://www.owlkids.com/talking-about-fairy-science-with-ashley-spires/

https://www.ashleyspires.com

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/