Dandelion’s Dream

“Dandelion’s Dream”

In this wordless picture book, a dandelion bud blooms into a lion and goes on a grand adventure before going to seed. 

Without roots to keep him grounded, Dandelion hops a train, rides on a sheep, and sails on a boat to travel to the city. Amidst the city bustle, Lion goes unnoticed. When he sees a movie, he figures out how to fly home. 

Read the book to discover the heartfelt ending, a subtle message of the circle of life. 

Yoko Tanaka’s charcoal illustrations pop with vibrant yellow to illuminate Dandelion’s warm character. 

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

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers can engage their imaginations to develop their storytelling skills while gaining a hint at the cycle of life.

TITLE: Dandelion’s Dream

AUTHOR: Yoko Tanaka

ILLUSTRATOR: Yoko Tanaka

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2020

AGE GROUP: 3-7

TOPIC(S): wordless, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a wish on a dandelion.

2) Research the life cycle of a dandelion. Draw out each life stage.

3) Did you know that dandelions are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring? They are early bloomers because their nectar supplies vital food to the queen bee who is emerging from hibernation. Name an additional three ways that dandelions are an important part of the ecosystem. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Yoko Tanaka visit:

http://yoko-tanaka.com/bio/

The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

“The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City”

All the uppercase letters are missing in Capital City!

If they are not found, the city will be in complete chaos.

Private I, the last uppercase letter, is on the case. 

For all those readers who loved Private I in the book, 7 Ate 9, here’s another case that needs his help.

This book promotes creative components of humor and fluency thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its word play and the use of character traits which propel the story.

TITLE: The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar

ILLUSTRATOR: Ross MacDonald

PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): humor, fluency thinking

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: 

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick two letters of your first name. What might happen if those letters went missing? How might you say your name? How might you solve the case of your missing first name? Create a story that explains how your letters went missing and how you found them.

2) Invent a new language. Use a different symbol to represent each letter of the alphabet. Then write your name using the symbols. Write a message using your symbols. Give your symbol-alphabet to a friend so they can decipher the message.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit: https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross MacDonald, visit:

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/about

I See Sea Food

“I See Sea Food”

Can you find pancakes and pizza crusts in the ocean? 

In this nonfiction picture book, readers discover unusual sea creatures that resemble food like chocolate chip sea stars, pineapplefish, sea apples, and many more. 

Readers learn engaging facts about these underwater animals.

Nature is so cool!

This book promotes creative components of nature and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers see how these unusual sea creatures received their names by how they resemble common foods.

TITLE: I See Sea Food

AUTHOR: Jenna Grodzicki

ILLUSTRATOR: Jenna Grodzicki

PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2020

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): sea creatures

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent a sea creature that resembles your favorite food.

2) Pick three sea creatures from the book. Combine them together to design a new sea creature. Fill out the fast facts for your new creatures (like in the book). Don’t forget to name your creature!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author-illustrator Jenna Grodzicki, visit: https://www.jennagrodzicki.com/about/