Category Archives: Taking risks

Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.

When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony, 

he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.  

TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci

AUTHOR: J. Rutland

ILLUSTRATOR: J. Rutland

PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator J. Rutland visit:

My Heart Is A Compass

“My Heart Is A Compass”

Rose wants to be an explorer, a pioneer, a trailblazer. She is set on discovering something that no one else has ever found but she does not know what to find or where to look. 

Rose draws her own map with her imagination as the blueprint and her heart as the compass.


 She sets off on her journey, charting new worlds, even the cosmos. Yet she returns empty handed. What will Rose share for show and tell?

This story promotes creative components of taking risks, creativity, and imagination. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Rose’s trailblazing spirit and the intricate maps she draws, which inspire my imagination and wonders.

TITLE:My Heart Is A Compass

AUTHOR: Deborah Marcero

ILLUSTRATOR: Deborah Marcero

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): adventure, imagination, discovering new worlds

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: taking risks, imagination, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a map of your imagination. What are your wonders? What mythical places or things would you like to explore? 

2) Hide a treasure somewhere in your backyard or inside your house. Draw a map of your backyard or house. Write out directions for someone to find your treasure, using the four cardinal directions of north, east, south, and west. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Deborah Marcero, visit:

http://deborahmarcero.com/deborah/

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/