Category Archives: Taking risks

Robyn Boid: Architect

 

Robyn Boid: Architect”

Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.

Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?

She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.

Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?

At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.

This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.

TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): architecture, design process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.

2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author and illustrator Maree Coote, visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

What If…

What If…”

Samantha Berger’s rhyming picture book, What If…, celebrates creative expression. A determined girl uses paper and a pencil to create her stories. But happens when her pencil is gone. She’ll shape the leaves. What if the leaves are blown away? She’ll sculpt in snow. What if the snow melts? She’ll use sunlight and shadows. What if everything is taken away?

This story promotes creative components of imagination, persistence, resourceful, and valuing creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for three reasons. First, when the main character is faced with obstacles, she chooses to use her imagination and resources around her to find ways to express her creativity. She does not let anything stop her. Secondly, I appreciate the last page of this book which states: “As long as I live, I will always create,” a personal mantra that I try to live by daily. Thirdly, my favorite question is what if because it promotes wonder. What if the world was square? What if I lived in another country? And so I ask you, What if?

TITLE: What If…

AUTHOR: Samantha Berger

ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Curato

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

THEME(S)/TOPICS: overcoming obstacles, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, persistence, resourceful, valuing one’s creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick one of your favorite things to do. List the items you need in order to do your favorite thing. What would you do if those things were no longer available? How would you do your favorite thing?

2) In what ways are you creative? What would you do if you could no longer express your creativity in the way you always have?

3) Create list of “what if” questions. Share with your friends and see how their answers differ from each other. Teachers can use these what if lists for daily writing prompts.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Samantha Berger, visit:

http://www.samanthaberger.com/about.html

To learn more about illustrator Mike Curato, visit:

https://www.mikecurato.com/about

Crocodali

Crocodali”

Crocodali is the most talented painter in the whole wide world. Readers help him to create a masterpiece by tilting, turning and shaking this book. Oops! Tilted too far. Now what?

Finally, a masterpiece.

Now blow to dry the paint.

Will a masterpiece be created or a mess?

This story promotes imagination, creative expression, and taking risks.

TITLE: Crocodali

AUTHOR: Lucy Volpin

ILLUSTRATOR: Lucy Volpin

PUBLISHER: Little Bee Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative expression, taking risks

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) On a blank sheet of paper, paint blobs of watercolors, using watercolors. When the paint is dried, use a pen to outline where colors merge. What do shapes or images do your lines form? Use the line to create a picture.

2) Purposely make a mistake on your paper. Don’t erase it. Change your perspective and make your mistake a part of your picture or into something else.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lucy Volpin, visit:

https://nosycrow.com/contributors/lucy-volpin/