Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation

“Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation”

Based on Mindy Johnson’s Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, this bold, bright-colored nonfiction picture book tells the stories of Disney’s women animators who lent their talents to achieve a lot of “firsts.” Twenty women, known as “Great Girls,” and their inspiring stories are showcased in this book, beginning with the two Mrs. Disneys – Lillian and Edna who married the Disney brothers and helped them achieve success.

Each woman is introduced with a black and white photo of herself, accompanied by an illustration of her performing her job in the animation process at Disney. After each woman’s story, a rhyming couplet sums up her contribution to the world of animation and what “Great Girls” can do.

These trailblazing women also achieved “firsts” outside of the animation world like Grace Huntington who set the national altitude record for a female pilot in a lightplane back in 1939.

One of my favorite inspirations comes from Mary Costa’s story, who was the voice of Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. She said that Walt Disney encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a great opera singer. “If you have the four “D’s” – Dedication, Determination, and Discipline – you’ll achieve your Dreams!” he had told her.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, persistence, and risk-taking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its inspirational message to encourage others to pursue their dreams and persist in overcoming obstacles. While this book is about empowering girls, it is also about the dedication of these women and their contributions to the world of animation as well as other outstanding accomplishments.

TITLE: Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation

AUTHOR: Mindy Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Lorelay Bové

PUBLISHER: Disney Enterprises, 2019

AGE GROUP: 8-12

TOPIC(S): women animators who lent their talent to Disney animators, inspiration, history of female animators

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, perservance, risk-taking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try something new today like a food you’ve never tasted or a game where you don’t know the rules.

2) What colors represent you? Think of different shades. Blend a couple colors together to create a new color. What’s the name of your invented color? How does that name reflect your personality? 

3) What’s your favorite animated movie? Pretend you are one of the characters in the movie and rewrite a scene with you in it.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Mindy Johnson, visit:

https://www.mindyjohnsoncreative.com

To learn more about illustrator Lorelay Bové, visit:

http://www.lorelaybove.com/about

Lines That Wiggle

“Lines That Wiggle”

Follow the glittery line 

that runs through this picture book 

and turns itself into all kinds of things.

In this rhyming story, readers discover lines are found in everyday objects. 

Also, readers can trace the sparkly cursive line with their fingers because it is textured and raised. 

This book promotes creative components of flexible thinking and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows all sorts of things that a line can be. Readers can experience this book through their tactile and visual senses.

TITLE: Lines That Wiggle

AUTHOR: Candace Whitman

ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Wilson

PUBLISHER: Blue Apple Books, 2009

AGE GROUP: 3-5

TOPIC(S): lines, forms and shapes

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a squiggle. Have someone transform your squiggle into an image.

2) Draw all sorts of lines – wavy, straight, zig zag, loop-de-loop, etc. Imagine what could be at the end of those lines. 

3) “Lines are everywhere you look so find some lines not in this book!” Look around you. What lines did you discover?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Candace Whitman, visit:

https://www.candacewhitman.com/bio

To learn more about illustrator Steve Wilson, visit:https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/steve-wilson/

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