A Web

A Web”

Follow a black spider

as she observes her environment

and collects seeds,

and insects,

and flowers

and leaves

to weave a masterpiece of her landscape view (at the end of the book).

This book promotes creative components of nature and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this creative nonfiction book because it informs the reader of various insects, seeds, leaves, and flowers in great detail while showing items from the spider’s perspective.

TITLE: A Web

AUTHOR: Isabelle Simler

ILLUSTRATOR: Isabelle Simler

PUBLISHER: Peter Pauper Press, Inc., 2018

Originally published in France, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): spider, habitat, insects

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a nature walk around your backyard or front yard. Observe from a bird’s eye view and an ant’s eye view. Which things pique your curiosity? Pick one to learn more about and go to your library to check out books on your subject.

2) Create a masterpiece of you. Sit on your bedroom floor and observe all around you. Which things would you choose to create a masterpiece of your face? Take pictures of these or sketch them. On a larger sheet of paper, lightly outline (sketch) your face shape. Using the sketches of your room items, arrange them to create a masterpiece of your face.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Isabelle Simler, visit:

http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2018/12/lets-talk-illustrators-92-isabelle.html

Sweet Dreamers

Sweet Dreamers

Ever wonder what animals dream about? In Sweet Dreamers, a creative nonfiction picture book, author/illustrator Isabelle Simler transports readers into different animals’ realms, while departing natural facts about each creature through her lyrical description of how they dream. 

The ant “gathers and collects hundreds of quick naps” while the seahorse “as if on a carousel, the seahorse dreams at a gallop” and the spider “dreams on a tightrope – the lacework pattern of his sleep hanging by a thread.”

As a longer picture book, Simler uses two-page landscape spreads to introduce a new environment of animals. Each animal receives a close-up and a full-body illustration.

A perfect read aloud bedtime story.

This book promotes creativity and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the lyrical words and beautiful illustrations speak to the reader and immediately take the reader into each animal’s dreamtime. Strong word choices seamlessly blend each animal’s natural characteristics into evocative poetry.

TITLE: Sweet Dreamers

AUTHOR: Isabelle Simler

ILLUSTRATOR: Isabelle Simler

PUBLISHER: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2019

Originally published in France 2017

English language translation by Sarah Ardizzone, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPICS: bedtime, nature-based poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Watch your pet or a video that shows a sleeping animal. Make a list of words or phrases that describe that animal. Make another list that describes how you think you look when you sleep. Using words from both lists, write a poem about your sleeping animal and you.

2) Although Isabelle Simler crafted her illustrations digitally, it reminds me of scratch art. Make your own scratch art. Visit this blogpost for DIY easy scratch art:

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Isabelle Simler, visit:

http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2018/12/lets-talk-illustrators-92-isabelle.html

Pomelo’s Opposites

“Pomelo’s Opposites”

Intro: When Pomelo was small, he was really small. And he couldn’t yet see the difference between …

Follow Pomelo as he discovers the opposite of things. 

This book promotes creative components of humor and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes the typical opposite book and turns it on its head with humor and by tackling conceptual learning. I love this one:

TITLE: Pomelo’s Opposites

AUTHOR: Ramona Badescu

ILLUSTRATOR: Benjamin Chaud

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): opposites

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a dictionary and flip it open to any page. Without looking, let your finger rest somewhere on the page. Open your eyes. What word did your finger land on? How can you show the opposite of that word?

2) Make a list of opposites that could be included in this book. Pick one of those opposites and sketch it out using Pomelo as the main character.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Ramona Badescu’s other books, visit:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/ramona-badescu.html

To learn more about illustrator Benjamin Chaud’s process, visit: 

https://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2015/03/04/studio-tour-behind-the-scenes-with-benjamin-chaud/