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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

Once Upon A Banana

Once Upon A Banana”

Rhyming street signs pair with fun illustrations to tell a rollicking trouble-causing adventure in this wordless picture book, Once Upon A Banana. The catastrophe starts when a runaway monkey escapes from his trainer. The monkey throws his banana peel on the sidewalk instead of placing it in the trash as the sign states.

Someone slips on the peel, knocks over a ladder, causing the painter to fall into a cart, which leads to…

and leads to…

and leads to……

This book promotes creativeness, cause and effect relationships and imagination.

TITLE: Once Upon A Banana

AUTHOR: Jennifer Armstrong

ILLUSTRATOR: David Small

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, imaginative, cause and effect relationships

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of all the signs you see around town. Invent two signs of your own. Make them rhyme with each other.

2) Like the problem in the book, someone slipping on a banana peel causing an entire town to turn upside-down, use the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” as the problem in your story. Imagine what might happen and then write a story.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jennifer Armstrong, visit:

http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Jennifer-Armstrong/20411275

To learn more about illustrator David Small, visit:

http://www.davidsmallbooks.com

“Number Counting in the City”

“Number Counting in the City”

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City by Numbers

Author Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover numbers 1 through 21 in New York City.  Within Johnson’s cityscape paintings, the curves and lines of numbers are hidden. This wordless picture book promotes imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

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Can you find numbers 8 and 9?

TITLE: City by Numbers

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1998

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood. Search for numbers. Sketch one of the numbers you discovered. Did others find numbers in different places than you? Using the students’ sketches, make a class book.

2) Pick a number. Camouflage your number inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your number.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s books, visit:

http://www.stephentjohnson.com