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

A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

“A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!”

Watch out for Busy Creature as he chomps his way through apples, berries, furniture, gravy, ice cream, and more. When he mixes too many odd “foods,” oh no!

A fun approach to teaching the ABC’s with a bit of storytelling, too.

This book promotes creative components of humor, imagination, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its main character’s humorous antics and how the author/illustrator brings a fresh take to a common subject. Enjoy this read!

TITLE: A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

AUTHOR: Mo Willems

ILLUSTRATOR: Mo Willems

PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, imagination, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own ABC adventure that stars you.

2) Design your own creature that might like to eat things at school.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Mo Willems, visit:

http://mowillemsfaq.blogspot.com

The Sleepy Songbird

“The Sleepy Songbird”

Peep wakes to the sound of a beautiful song. He flies through the forest asking different animals if they are the one who is singing the lovely tune.

He finds the Dawn Chorus. They offer for him to audition, but Peep is too late or too sleepy to sing in the morning. 

“Why can I sing in the evening but not the morning?” he wondered. Another little bird answers, “Because you’re a nightingale, just like me.”

Lovely, warm artwork accompanies this heartfelt story of a bird who discovers his specialness.

This book promotes creative components of nature and uniqueness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its relatable heartfelt message and adorable illustrations.

TITLE: The Sleepy Songbird

AUTHOR: Suzanne Barton

ILLUSTRATOR: Suzanne Barton

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury, 2014

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): nature, relationships, being special

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, uniqueness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hum a song that represents you.

2) Easy, colorful how to draw a robin by Suzanne Barton:

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2015/dec/12/how-to-draw-a-christmas-robin

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Suzanne Barton, visit:

https://suzannebarton.co.uk