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My Heart Is Like A Zoo

My Heart Is Like A Zoo”

In My Heart Is Like A Zoo, author/illustrator Michael Hall writes in rhyme, exploring zoo animals as metaphors for love traits such as steady, happy, and silly. Made from a variety of heart shapes, his animal illustrations further depict the message of love.

“Eager as a beaver.”

“Quiet as a caterpillar wearing knitted socks.”

How many hearts can you count throughout this book?

This book promotes inventive, originality, analogical, and creative thinking.

TITLE: My Heart Is Like A Zoo

AUTHOR: Michael Hall


PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2010


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: inventive, originality, analogical, and creative thinking


1) From construction paper, cut a variety of heart shapes. Combine, arrange and rearrange these shapes to create a new heart-shaped animal. What’s your animal’s name? What part of love does your animal represent? As a group, create a classroom heart book, My Heart Is Full Of Animals.

2) Draw a heart shape. Fill it with heart designs. Cut it out and give it to someone you love.

3) Construct a 3-D heart using only heart shaped cutouts.


To learn more about author/illustrator Michael Hall, visit:


That’s Weird and Funny!

“That’s Weird and Funny!”


Tie Your Socks and Clap Your Feet

Where else can you find noses that drink, grizzly bears that cut turtles’ hair, purple oranges in trees, and broccoli pie plants? In mixed-up poems! In Tie Your Socks and Clap Your Feet, poet Lenny Hort’s mixed-up poems are paired with Stephen Kroninger’s unique, wacky collage art.


Filled with fun twists, these nonsense poems are sure to cause laughter. This book promotes imagination and seeing the world from different perspectives.

TITLE: Tie Your Socks and Clap Your Feet

POET: Lenny Hort

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen Kroninger

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Yound Readers, 2000


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, seeing the world from different perspectives, making connections


1) This game is known by many names. I call it the Connection game. It can be played with a group of students. One person starts by stating an object. The next person says the first thing that comes to his/her mind connected to the first person’s statement. Then the third person says the first something connected to the second person’s statement. For example, if I said, paper. The next person might say pencil. The third person might say eraser. The fourth person might say mistake. And so forth. The game can continue as long as you like or stop once everyone has had a turn. A few rules: Limit responses to one word. Words cannot be repeated as a connection. Keep it age-appropriate. Don’t take a long time thinking of a connection, use the first thing that comes to mind. If someone doesn’t understand a connection, the person can explain how they made the connection.

2) Invent your own mixed-up poem. Fold a lined piece of paper lengthwise in half. Unfold. In one column, make a list of things you find in your room. Think about the purpose of each thing. In the other column, write what else that object’s purpose could be. Make sure it’s wacky. For example, a bed’s purpose is to sleep. A wacky purpose might be to fly or to cook dinner on. When I think about flying, I think of going places. Maybe I’ll write a poem about a flying bed that takes me to different places or I’ll write about a flying bed that acts like a school bus picking up kids to take to school but instead of going to school, the bus takes the kids to a monster store. Write a poem using at least five of the things on your list. (Remember your poem doesn’t need to rhyme unless you want it to.) Let your imagination soar like a bed!


To learn more about author/poet Lenny Hort’s books, visit amazon.com

To learn more about illustrator Stephen Kroninger, visit: http://www.stephenkroninger.com

“What Shapes Can Be”

“What Shapes Can Be”


Go, Shapes, Go

Go, Shapes, Go is a creative book of art and imagination. Writing in rhyme, Denise Fleming uses her skilled technique of creating collage by pouring colored cotton fiber through hand-cut stencils to design unique illustrations.

Mouse wants the Shapes to perform a show by arranging themselves into a monkey for him. Mouse accidentally runs into Monkey and the Shapes fall apart. But they quickly rearrange themselves into another animal. Watch out, Mouse! This book promotes creativity and imagination.

TITLE: Go, Shapes, Go

AUTHOR: Denise Fleming

ILLUSTRATOR: Denise Fleming

PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books, 2014


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination


1) Do a crayon rubbing, using different textures. Using these papers, cut out different shapes. Arrange these shapes into an image. Then rearrange the shapes again into another image.

2) From a piece of paper, cut out a circle or other shape so that your paper has a hole in it. Figure out how to make this holed paper into a work of art and then create it.

3) Play with Tangrams   tangramcat



To learn more about author/illustrator Denise Fleming, visit: http://www.denisefleming.com