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Robyn Boid: Architect

 

Robyn Boid: Architect”

Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.

Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?

She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.

Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?

At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.

This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.

TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): architecture, design process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.

2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author and illustrator Maree Coote, visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike” 

In the book, The Patchwork Bike, siblings make their own fun by building a bike from scratch.

Using a hodgepodge of scavenged items, they assemble their bike and ride it through their village and their mud-for-walls home.

Lyrical language and powerful illustrations create an evocative story.

This story promotes creative components of diversity, resourceful, imagination, and inventiveness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the marriage of text and perfectly evoke the joy of riding a bike and capturing readers’ imagination. The title immediately piqued my curiosity, and I wondered how could a bike be patchwork. I enjoyed the author’s lyrical language such as shicketty shake and winketty wonk.

TITLE: The Patchwork Bike

AUTHOR: Maxine Beneba Clarke

ILLUSTRATOR: Van Thanh Rudd

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): recycled materials, culture, siblings, bike riding

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: diversity, resourceful, imagination, inventiveness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hodgepodge, a synonym for patchwork, is defined as being composed of parts of different kinds. Basically, it is an assortment of different things that do not originally go together but are assembled together to create a final product. What can you make? Gather different items. Take apart the larger items (with permission) into smaller parts. Looking at these various parts, what can you make to create a hodgepodge machine? What is the function(s) of your machine? Build your machine. Name your machine.

2) Design a bike that reflects your personality. Conduct research on different types of bicycles. Remember to look at past bikes, recent bikes, and even bikes of the future to inspire your design.

3) Illustrator Van Thanh Rudd painted on recycled cardboard for the book’s illustrations. Try your hand at painting on cardboard. How is it different from painting on paper? Why do you think the illustrator used cardboard?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Maxine Beneba Clarke, visit:

https://www.hachette.com.au/maxine-beneba-clarke/

To learn more about illustrator Van Thanh Rudd, visit:

https://www.van-t-rudd.net/illustration.html

Wallpaper

Wallpaper”

After unpacking her things, a girl sits in her new bedroom, listening to the neighborhood kids play outside. She picks at a corner of peeling wallpaper and discovers…

worlds and…

a monster.

When the girl notices the monster is sad and lonely, she says hello. They play until her tummy rumbles for lunch. After lunch, she hears the kids playing and waves to them.

This book promotes imagination, courage, and creative problem solving.

TITLE: Wallpaper

AUTHOR: Thao Lam

ILLUSTRATOR: Thao Lam

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, courage, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) If you peeled away wallpaper, what worlds might you find?

2) What can you do to welcome a new student to your school?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

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

http://thaolam.com/#about_me