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Skunk On A String

Skunk On A String”

A hapless skunk finds himself tied to the string of a balloon. He floats up and away.

Traveling past many places he has never been before – a desert, a city,

   a zoo,


   an ocean.

Too afraid of Skunk’s stink, no one will help him. Finally, he reaches a Ferris Wheel, grabs a seat and releases his balloon. But then…

Read to find out the surprise ending.

This story promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Skunk On A String

AUTHOR: Thao Lam


PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, Inc., 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery


1) What can you do with a deflated balloon? Brainstorm ways. Pick one of the ways from your list and design it.

2) Using collage, tell a story in one image. Use papers with patterns and textures.


To learn more about author/illustrator Thao Lam, visit:


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