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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

What is it like to be an artist? In this book, author/illustrator Lois Ehlert gives readers a look at her studio and her creative process as well as inspiration from her childhood.

Her parents encouraged her to make things by hand. 

Growing up, Lois had a folding table set up by her dad where she did her work. When she moved away, she took her table with her.

After Lois writes a story, she sketches a book dummy for her illustrations.

Her art technique is collage, cutting scraps of paper and piecing them together like a puzzle. Sometimes she combines real objects that are close at hand with painted ones, and always with bright colors. Lois Ehlert believes she is an artist because “art chose me.”

This book promotes creative components of creative process, creative person, curiosity, and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because Lois Ehlert invites readers into her creative life and inspires them to be creative in their own right.

TITLE: The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

AUTHOR: Lois Ehlert

ILLUSTRATOR: Lois Ehlert

PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books, 2014

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): Lois Ehlert, inspiration

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, creative process, inspiration, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make an inspiration notebook. Using the collage art technique, decorate the cover of your notebook with things that spark your interests. 

2) When Lois Ehlert needs inspiration, she goes for a walk, searching for stuff. Take a nature walk with your inspiration notebook. Observe what’s going on around you. What grabs your attention? Sketch your observations and write descriptive words that describe the objects. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:To learn more about author/illustrator Lois Ehlert, visit:https://loisehlert.weebly.com/biography.html

Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

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 COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator J. Rutland visit:

Write Your Sound Story

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sound Story

Begin by collecting sounds. Go on a nature walk. Record the sounds you hear.

Listen to songs of instrumental music. Which instruments remind you of the nature sounds you heard?

Walk around your town or city. Record sounds. How do the sounds you heard in a city environment differ from the sounds you heard in a countryside?

Write a short song story about yourself, using the sounds you have collected to represent you instead of words.

 Extending Connections:

To add more nature sounds and other sounds to your sound library, visit:

https://www.zapsplat.com/sound-effect-categories

To listen to sounds of instruments, visit:

http://www.beginband.com/sndclips.shtml