Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.
When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony,
he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.
This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.
TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci
AUTHOR: J. Rutland
ILLUSTRATOR: J. Rutland
PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019
AGE GROUP: 4-7
TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci
Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander
Pairing his two university degrees, one in physics and one in fine arts, Paul Friedlander, a kinetic light artist, creates sculptures from bands of light waves. He explores visible waves that have expressive power, a music of light as he calls it.
Listen to Paul speak about his process in this short Youtube video: