Category Archives: Perspective

Nancy Knows

“Nancy Knows”

Nancy knows she has forgotten something important. When she tries to remember, she thinks of all different kinds of things. 

Things with wheels.


Things in rows.

Sometimes her nose can do the remembering. Sometimes her ears do the remembering.

Finally tired of trying to remember, she stops thinking. Then she remembers! Read this book to find out what Nancy remembers.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the illustrations force the reader to pause and think and then assimilate common objects in an uncommon way.

TITLE: Nancy Knows

AUTHOR: Cybèle Young


PUBLISHER: Tundra Books, 2014


TOPIC(S): elephants, categories, remembering, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, different perspectives, flexible thinking


1) Draw an outline of an elephant. Draw things that you remember from days ago.

2) Find objects from around your home. Categorize the items any which way that makes sense to you. Draw an outline of your favorite animal. What do any of these items have in common with your animal? Arrange the items inside the outline of your animal.


To learn more about author/illustrator Cybèle Young, visit:

Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale

“Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale”

Intro: “In a huge haunted house – with room enough for four, there lived three Scares: Papa Scare, Mama Scare, and Baby Scare.”

Papa brews up a batch of Alpha-Bat soup. Mama works in her lab. And Baby sweeps bats from the tower. 

Moldilocks sleepwalks through the cemetery, following the wafting scent of soup to the haunted house. While the soup cools, the Scares take a walk.

Moldilocks sits in their chairs, slurps their soup, and sleeps in their beds to find just the right one.

Upon returning home, the Scares discover someone has been in their home. What will happen when they discover Moldilocks? Read the story to learn the heartfelt ending.

This book promotes creative components of different perspective and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I am a big fan of fractured fairy tales and this tale is full of originality and heart.  

TITLE: Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale

AUTHOR: Lynne Marie

ILLUSTRATOR:David Rodriguez Lorenzo

PUBLISHER: Sterling Children’s Books, 2019


TOPIC(S): fractured fairy tale, family, belonging

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspective, originality


1) What things do you and your family do before a guest arrives? Pretend you have invited a monster to your house for dinner. In what ways do you make your strange guest feel at home?

2) Create a monster family. What types of monsters would be in your family? Who would be the mom, the dad, any siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins? Don’t forget pets, if you want them.


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Lines That Wiggle

“Lines That Wiggle”

Follow the glittery line 

that runs through this picture book 

and turns itself into all kinds of things.

In this rhyming story, readers discover lines are found in everyday objects. 

Also, readers can trace the sparkly cursive line with their fingers because it is textured and raised. 

This book promotes creative components of flexible thinking and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows all sorts of things that a line can be. Readers can experience this book through their tactile and visual senses.

TITLE: Lines That Wiggle

AUTHOR: Candace Whitman


PUBLISHER: Blue Apple Books, 2009


TOPIC(S): lines, forms and shapes

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, different perspective


1) Draw a squiggle. Have someone transform your squiggle into an image.

2) Draw all sorts of lines – wavy, straight, zig zag, loop-de-loop, etc. Imagine what could be at the end of those lines. 

3) “Lines are everywhere you look so find some lines not in this book!” Look around you. What lines did you discover?


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