Category Archives: Taking risks

Hoot and Peep

“Hoot and Peep

Peep likes to peep about the mystery of things in her owly way. Hoot imparts his older brotherly wisdom. Owls only say “Hooo.”

When Peep leaves, Hoot misses her. He hears her songs on the wind and realizes his mistake.

Hoot and Peep learn to sing together in their own owly way.

This book promotes risk-taking, creative expression, and self-confidence.

TITLE: Hoot and Peep

AUTHOR: Lita Judge


PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: risk-taking, creative expression, self-confidence


1) Write a rap song about YOU!

Watch 5 year old Jordan who will show you how to rap in 30 seconds.

2) What onomatopoeia words describe you? (Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the natural sound of a thing. Examples: screech, cuckoo) Make a list of 15-20 words.


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The Most Magnificent Thing

“The Most Magnificent Thing

One day a girl has a wonderful idea to make the most magnificent thing. She knows how it will look and how it will work. After she makes it, it doesn’t look or work how she imagined.

She tries again and again but it still won’t work. It isn’t magnificent.

Frustrated and angry, she quits. Her trusty helper tells her to go for a walk.

When they return, she sees all the things she created. Each one better than before. That gives her an idea…

This book promotes discovery, the creative process, and risk-taking.

TITLE: The Most Magnificent Thing

AUTHOR: Ashley Spires

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley Spires

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2014


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, the creative process, risk-taking


1) Pick an invention that interests you. What might you change to make it better? What might you add or subtract from it? Can you substitute a different part? What else can the invention be used for?

2) What do you do when you are frustrated? Do you quit, give up? Do you push forward and try again? Do you try a new approach? Tell about a time that you wanted to quit but you didn’t.


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The Noisy Paint Box


The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

Born in Moscow, Russia on December 4, 1866, Vasily Kandinsky was raised as proper boy. When he was a young boy, his aunt gave him a paint box. When he mixed the colors, he heard music. “The swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a magical symphony.” But he ignored his noisy paint box.

Instead Kandinsky did what was expected – he studied law and became a lawyer. One night he attended the opera. As he listened to the music, he saw vibrant colors and his desire to paint flared once again. So he quit the law and studied painting. However, he did what was expected of him and painted pretty landscapes and ladies.


Finally, Kandinsky listened to his heart and took a risk.


He painted what he felt and allowed the world to see his paintings despite knowing the criticism his work would receive.



Kandinsky was born with synesthesia, which is when one sense triggers another sense. For Kandinsky, he experienced sound as colors. “I could hear the hiss of the colors as they mingled.” He is a respected leader of the abstract art movement.

This book promotes following one’s passion, taking risks, perspective, and creation of a new art movement.

TITLE: The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

AUTHOR: Barb Rosenstock

ILLUSTRATOR: Mary Grandpré

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: following one’s passion, taking risks, perspective, creation of a new art movement


1) Imagine what it would be like if you saw numbers as colors. What would 2 + 4 = 6 look like?

To learn more about synesthesia,

2) “Art should make you feel,” Vasya told his friends, “like music.” Look at some famous works of art. What artwork makes you feel happy, sad, confused, etc?


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