Intro: Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music—
a man named Franz was inspired to write his own.
In this cause and effect story, readers learn how circumstances, luck, and hard work contribute to being a creative who in return inspires another person to be creative and pursue his/her dreams.
A girl attends a concert with her aunt because her uncle catches a cold. The music inspires her.
Because the music changed her, she works hard pursuing her passion.
Because her music is heard, she inspires another person.
And the cycle continues…
Who will you inspire today?
This story promotes creative components of the characteristics of a creative person and the creative process such as talent, hard work, inspiration, looking at what others have done in the past, and the role that luck play in the creative process.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because this story demonstrates the components of the creative process and demonstrates that even though a person can be a creative individual that person also works hard at pursuing his/her passion. I truly appreciate the message of inspiration, and how readers can inspire themselves as well as others.
AUTHOR: Mo Willems
ILLUSTRATOR: Amber Ren
PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books for Children, 2019
AGE GROUP: 5-7
TOPIC(S): music, inspiration
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, creative process, inspiration
1) On a piece a paper, write the word inspiration. Draw, write words, or doodle what inspiration means to you. On the back of the paper, make a list of things that inspire you and/or evoke wonder for you. How might some of those things help you to inspire someone?
2) As you listen to a piece of music, draw with markers (because they move smoothly and quickly on paper) to create an image or doodle. Let your lines flow with the music.
3) How do you think a writer or illustrator are inspired to create a picture book?
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