Category Archives: Wonder

The Night Box

The Night Box”

 Have you ever wondered what happens when the sun sets and night awakes? In The Night Box, a beautiful poetic bedtime story, the magical nature of Night is explored.

Max watches the “last drips of light.”

After he gets ready for bed, he slips the key into the Night Box. Night tumbles out. It has a job to do.

After a busy darkness, Night gets sleepy. It returns to the box and Day spills out.

This story promotes creative components of wonder, imagination, and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because

TITLE: The Night Box

AUTHOR: Louise Greig

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashling Lindsey

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): night, overcoming night fears

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, imagination, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In the story, everything has something in the dark. The branch has an owl. The wall has a tree. What other things can you think up that go together in the dark? For example, the lamppost has moths.

2) If you owned a box with a key, what would come out of your box when you unlock it? What if your unlocked box was filled with an element of nature, which element would it be and how could it help others?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Louise Greig, visit:

https://www.egmont.co.uk/books/author/1051/louise-greig

To learn more about illustrator Ashling Lindsey, visit:

https://ashlinglindsay.co.uk

The Big Book of Games

The Big Book of Games”

To celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week, I am featuring a book that brings back memories of staying outdoors past dinnertime to play games like Red Rover and Lucky 500. Remember Hopscotch, Kick the Can, and Ghost in the Graveyard? The Big Book of Games celebrates these beloved childhood games.

Gathered in this lavishly illustrated volume are over four dozen pickup games with easy-to-read directions, safety tips, and helpful hints for more fun.

Challenge friends and family members to a game or this week. Have fun!

This story promotes creative components of wonder and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because

TITLE: The Big Book of Games

AUTHOR: Dorothy Stott

ILLUSTRATOR: Dorothy Stott

PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s Books, 1998

AGE GROUP: 4-8

TOPIC(S): games for indoor, outdoor, party, car, and singing

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own tag game that can be played outdoors.

2) Play an indoor game that does not use technology.

3) Make your own puzzle. Draw and color a picture. Cut your picture into different shapes. Have a friend put your picture puzzle together.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author and illustrator, visit:

https://www.jacketflap.com/dorothy-stott/41104

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