Guess Who, Haiku

Guess Who, Haiku”

Guess Who, Haiku is a playful poetic guessing game.

Each haiku offers clues about different animals such as a cow, bird, horse, and dog for readers to guess.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, creative thinking skills, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of haiku and solving riddles. These haiku riddles challenge readers to see traditional animals in a different way. Additionally, I love the adorable animal illustrations.

TITLE: Guess Who, Haiku

AUTHOR: Deanna Caswell

ILLUSTRATOR: Bob Shea

PUBLISHER: Abrams Appleseed, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): poetry, riddles

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative thinking skills, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a riddle. Describe the object and what it can and/or cannot do. Here’s an example. I come in different colors and sizes. I am full of holes but I still hold water. What am I?

2) Make a list of springtime items. From your list, write a springtime haiku. When writing Haiku, the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Deanna Caswell, visit:

https://www.kidsreads.com/authors/deanna-caswell

To learn more about illustrator Bob Shea, visit:

https://www.bobshea.com/about

Puzzlers

Puzzlers”

In Puzzlers, readers encounter a parade of animals made from colorful collages of numbers. Readers search collages for a unique trait such as a upside down number, a pair of numbers, the tallest number, and a sequence.

In addition to finding the numbers that make up this frog, find all the numbers that are backward.

In this colorful fish, find a number pattern.

In the final spread, readers find all the unique traits in an animal that no one ever has before seen.

In the back of the book, answers to each puzzler are included as well as other games that can be found in each puzzler.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, parts to whole, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because readers use their creative and critical thinking skills to discover the numbers (parts) that make up the animals (whole). 

TITLE: Puzzlers

AUTHOR: Suse MacDonald

ILLUSTRATOR: Bill Oakes

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): puzzles, animals, numbers

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: parts to whole, imagination, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw your own puzzler using one of your favorite animals, a unique number characteristic, and numbers.

2) Draw a puzzler using a form of transportation such as a bike, car or train with letters of the alphabet.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Suse MacDonald, visit:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/suse-macdonald/

To learn more about illustrator Bill Oakes, visit:

https://www.firehouse.org/visit-the-gallery/25-bill-oakes

Excellent Ed

“Excellent Ed”

Everyone is excellent at something except Ed. 

Ed wants to do what the The Ellis children are allowed to do – eat at the table, sit on the couch and ride in the van. If he becomes excellent at something, will he be able to do those things? 

But what is Ed good at? Breaking things, losing things, or forgetting things. Nope. The Ellis children are better than Ed.

When Ernie drops some food, Ed realizes that he is an excellent floor cleaner. Maybe that is why he doesn’t eat at the table. Ed discovers other things that he is excellent at and why he doesn’t get to ride in the van or sit on the couch.

This story promotes the creative components of individuality and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the humor and its message of acceptance and finding those things that you are excellent at doing. And of course, I love dogs!

TITLE: Excellent Ed

AUTHOR: Stacy McAnulty

ILLUSTRATOR: Julia Sarcone-Roach

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): be yourself, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) If Ed were a cat, what excellent things might he be good at?

2) What are three things that you are excellent at? What is one thing that you wish you were excellent at? How might you go about to become better at it?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Stacy McAnulty, visit:

http://www.stacymcanulty.com/about

To learn more about the illustrator Julia Sarcone-Roach, visit: