“The Brain Storm”
Follow a young boy as a bad mood pesters him throughout his day and rubs off on those around him.
His grandmother tries to help him by knitting the dark cloud into a sweater but ultimately he discovers that he must work through his own feelings.
Read to discover how this boy creatively resolves his dark cloud.
This wordless picture book is a thought-provoking exploration of disruptive feelings. Readers may interpret these as anger, anxiety, or even a creative brain storm.
This book promotes creative components of creative problem solving and open-ended interpretation.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it allows the reader to interpret the story on their own.
TITLE: The Brain Storm
AUTHOR: Linda Ragsdale
ILLUSTRATOR: Claudio Molina
PUBLISHER: Flowerpot Press, 2019
AGE GROUP: 3-6
TOPIC(S): feelings, social-emotional
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: open-ended, creative problem solving
1) Make a list of feelings. Next to each feeling, write the color(s) that you feel go with that feeling.
2) Write on a piece of paper something that bothers you. Turn that paper into a paper airplane and let it soar away.
3) Color a piece of paper with lots of different colors. Make sure to fill the paper. Then color over those colors with a black crayon. Using a toothpick, scratch a picture that makes you happy.
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