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The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, humor, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities: https://www.thesnowman.com/make-and-do/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, visit:

The Brain Storm

“The Brain Storm”

Follow a young boy as a bad mood pesters him throughout his day and rubs off on those around him.

His grandmother tries to help him by knitting the dark cloud into a sweater but ultimately he discovers that he must work through his own feelings.

Read to discover how this boy creatively resolves his dark cloud.

This wordless picture book is a thought-provoking exploration of disruptive feelings. Readers may interpret these as anger, anxiety, or even a creative brain storm.

This book promotes creative components of creative problem solving and open-ended interpretation.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it allows the reader to interpret the story on their own.

TITLE: The Brain Storm

AUTHOR: Linda Ragsdale

ILLUSTRATOR: Claudio Molina

PUBLISHER: Flowerpot Press, 2019

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): feelings, social-emotional

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: open-ended, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of feelings. Next to each feeling, write the color(s) that you feel go with that feeling. 

2) Write on a piece of paper something that bothers you. Turn that paper into a paper airplane and let it soar away.

3) Color a piece of paper with lots of different colors. Make sure to fill the paper. Then color over those colors with a black crayon. Using a toothpick, scratch a picture that makes you happy.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Linda Ragsdale, visit:

http://thepeacedragon.com/about/president-bio

To learn more about illustrator Claudio Molina, visit:

https://www.freelanced.com/claudiomolina69831

Before After

“Before After”

Before After, a wordless book of opposites, elevates opposite storytelling to another level. This book gives readers pause to think as they digest the cause and effect relationship between the before and after pictures.

This nice thick book offers lots of pairings to explore.

This book promotes creative components of nature, cause and effect, and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is not your typical opposite book and makes readers think about what happened that caused the after picture. This book would provide great discussions between child and caregiver as they read the pictures together.

TITLE: Before After

ILLUSTRATORS: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui 

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): cause and effect

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a picture of one of your favorite things in nature. This will be your before picture. Think about what different things can happen to your nature item. Pick one and draw your after picture. Share with a friend.

2) Let’s work backwards or do the reverse by first drawing the after picture and then drawing the before picture of another favorite nature item.

3) Pick a plant, animal, or tree. Next draw its life cycle in stages.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Anne-Margot Ramstein, visit:

https://cargocollective.com/anne-margot

To learn more about illustrator Matthias Arégui, visit: 

https://www.matthiasaregui.com