“Paul Meets Bernadette”
Paul swims around and around in big circles and little circles. He swims to the left and to the right. He swims up and down, down and up until…
…Bernadette drops in and shows Paul a world filled with so many interesting things.
“Do you see those tall buildings over there?” says Bernadette.
Textured oil paintings beautifully illustrate the mundane changing into something unusual.
This book promotes originality, perspective, imagination, and flexible thinking.
TITLE: Paul Meets Bernadette
AUTHOR: Rosy Lamb
ILLUSTRATOR: Rosy Lamb
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2013
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, imagination, flexible thinking
1) Make a list of things that you see at lunch. Pick 10 items. For each item, list what else it could be. For example, a sandwich is a raft for ants (raisins) to float down the river (split milk).
2) Imagine you are a bird flying about your day. What might you encounter? Now using your imagination, elaborate on those encounters, what might those things become?
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I’m my own dog. No one owns me. I play fetch by myself. I roll over when I want to. I sit on my own.
But there’s this one spot on my back that I can’t scratch. I let this man scratch it and he followed me home.
Between you and me, I’m his best friend.
This book promotes humor and different perspective.
TITLE: I’m My Own Dog
AUTHOR: David Ezra Stein
ILLUSTRATOR: David Ezra Stein
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective
1) Role-reversal. Pretend you are your mom or dad and she or he is you. Act out what takes place in the morning as each of you get ready for the day.
2) Make up a joke that a cat would tell another cat about a dog. Then invent a cat joke that a dog would tell another dog.
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Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism
Surrealism art is an art form that reunites the world of dream and fantasy with everyday reality, a mix of conscious and unconscious realms.
Artist Rene Magritte’s surrealism artwork challenges others, in an unexpected manner, to view his art not as it appears to be, but as it appears not. For Magritte, what is concealed is more important than what is open to view.
This art by Rene Magritte looks like a pipe but its translation is “This is not a pipe.”
Creative Thinking Prompt: If this is not a pipe, what else can it be?
Brainstorm alternate uses for this item. Develop a new name for this “pipe”.