Woolbur doesn’t think or behave like the rest of the flock. He does things his way.
“I carded my own wool,” said Woolbur. “No more tangles.”
“It’s unheard of!” said Maa. “I know,” said Woolbur. “Isn’t great?”
His parents don’t understand him. “You must follow the flock, dear. It’s what sheep do.”
Instead Woolbur teaches the other sheep a different way of doing things.
This book promotes humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality.
AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski
ILLUSTRATOR: Lee Harper
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publisher, 2008
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality
1) Design a wacky hairstyle for yourself and wear it to school.
2) Pick something that you feel you do well at and teach it to someone else.
3) Invent a game using cottonballs.
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To learn more about illustrator Lee Harper, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook
Do you ever wonder? I certainly do. Poet Pablo Neruda writes about unanswerable wonders in his book, THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS (written for adults).
“From where does the thundercloud come with its black sacks of tears?
How many questions does a cat have?
Does smoke talk with the clouds?
Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots?”
This book inspired me to create a notebook (I’m a big fan of notebooks) and title it, My Wonders.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Make A Wonder Notebook
Brainstorm a list of 100 questions that you wonder about. These questions can be answerable or unanswerable.
Decorate and personalize your notebook. To begin your notebook, brainstorm 100 questions of things you wonder about. Write these questions in your notebook. You can include sketches if you want.
Think Deeper: Look at the above wonders of Pablo Neruda and use your imagination to invent answers.
To learn more about Pablo Neruda, visit:
Picture book author Monica Brown wrote PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE
“ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet”
An ABC circus that good enough to eat!
Author/illustrator Juana Medina’s pasta characters and use of alliteration create a very entertaining way to learn the alphabet.
This book promotes creativity, originality, and flexible thinking.
TITLE: ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet
AUTHOR: Juana Medina
ILLUSTRATOR: Juana Medina
PUBLISHER: Viking, 2017
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, flexible thinking
1) Pick a food group. Use that food to create a variety of characters.
2) Using dried pasta or cooked spaghetti, form letters of the alphabet.
3) Invent your own pasta characters and tell their stories.
To learn more about author/illustrator Juana Medina, visit:
I also love this counting salad book by Juana Medina.