Category Archives: Wonder

The Snow Rabbit

“The Snow Rabbit”

In this wordless picture book, two sisters watch the falling snow and an adventure begins.

One sister ventures outside to build a snow rabbit. She carries it back inside to share with her sister. When the rabbit begins to melt, the sisters head outside.

As soon as the rabbit feels the cold snow, it hops away. The sisters chase it further into the dark woods where the wheelchair gets stuck in the deep snow.

Scared, they huddle together until a larger-than-life white rabbit springs towards them. Read the book to discover this heartfelt ending.

The cut-paper illustrations are so beautifully crafted that no text is needed to tell this story, only a reader’s imagination.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and compassion.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because its paper-crafted illustrations seamlessly tell a story while allowing the reader’s imagination to “read” the story.

TITLE: The Snow Rabbit

AUTHOR: Camille Garoche

ILLUSTRATOR: Camille Garoche

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): winter, sibling relationship, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, empathy

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own snow rabbit using only paper and scissors. 

2) Make paper snowflakes. For easy instructions, visit https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/seasons/winter/paper-snowflakes/

3) Try your hand at making an origami rabbit by visiting https://www.origami-resource-center.com/easy-origami-rabbit.html.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Camille Garoche, visit:

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=https://camille.garoche.me/&prev=search

The Wonder

“The Wonder”

This story is about a boy whose head is always filled with wonder. As he heads to the bus stop, he wonders where birds fly to. He wonders who makes the clouds. He even wonders what the crossing guard’s sign might taste like.

With each wonder, he is told to pay attention and stop daydreaming. Finally, in art class, his art teacher tells him to use his imagination. 

And he does.

Five wordless spreads illustrate endless creative potential.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the message is to embrace your wonders and use your imagination to set those wonders free. Wonderful things can happen will you do.

TITLE: The Wonder

AUTHOR: Faye Hanson

ILLUSTRATOR: Faye Hanson

PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): daydreams, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you wonder about? Make a list of your wonders. Pick one or two and use your imagination to create an answer. Visualize in your mind what that might look like. Then, sketch or write it out. Share your wonder with someone.

2) Think up new wonders each day for a week.

3) Color an entire sheet of white paper with colors. Next, with a black crayon, color over the colors. Using a popsicle stick or toothpick, draw a picture by scratching. With each scratch, the colors beneath the black crayon will be revealed. 

https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/drawing/crayon-etching/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Faye Hanson, visit:https://www.templarco.co.uk/faye-hanson

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

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

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

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

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv