Category Archives: Taking risks

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/

Pocket Full of Colors

 

 

 

 

 

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire”

Mary Blair liked to collect colors. After attending art school, she was one of the first women to be hired by Walt Disney Studios. When Mary turned her work in, her ideas were rejected. She didn’t follow the black and white rules. But Walt Disney liked Mary’s art and invited her on a business trip to Brazil.

      In Brazil, Mary discovered vibrant colors.

This time some of Mary’s ideas were accepted but most were still too modern or abstract. Mary decided to leave her job.

Then one day Walt Disney asked Mary to work for him again. Mary did so with a request of her own – to be in charged. Mary designed the colorful ride, It’s A Small World.

This story promotes inventiveness, creativity, following one’s passion, taking risks, and creative person.

TITLE: Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

AUTHOR: Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

ILLUSTRATOR: Brigette Barrrager

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: inventiveness, creativity, following one’s passion, taking risks, creative person

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own version of a color wheel, using colors you find that interest you. Instead of using the color itself like a smudge or paint stroke of a color, find images or things that show that color and use these to create your unique color wheel.

2) Start a collection of colors. When you have collected five things that represent a single color or shade of color, assemble those objects together to create a work of art.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about authors Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville, visit:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/98912.Amy_Guglielmo

http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Jacqueline-Tourville/548773073

To learn more about illustrator Brigette Barrrager, visit:

http://brigetteb.com