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Wonderfall

Wonderfall”

In Wonderfall readers discover how a tree changes through the four seasons. Author/illustrator Michael Hall’s creative free-verse poems substitute the word fall for the suffix –ful to show each change. Colorful illustrations depict each new word.

Event + fall = Eventfall

Force + fall = Forcefall

The back of the book provides additional information about the animals featured in the book as well as the relationship between squirrels, acorns, and trees can be found.

This book promotes creative, inventive, combination, different perspective, and originality.

TITLE: Wonderfall

AUTHOR: Michael Hall

ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Hall

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, inventive, combination, different perspective, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Close your eyes. What do you imagine when you hear the word Fall? Open your eyes and jot down words describing what you imagined. Remember to use your five senses. Write a free verse poem about Fall. A free verse poem does not follow any rhyming patterns or meters.

Here is a website that shows how to write a free verse:

https://www.poetry4kids.com/news/how-to-write-a-free-verse-poem/

2) Pick 5 words that end with suffix –ful. Change them into –fall words like author Michael Hall did in his story and draw what each word would look like. Example: colorful -> colorfall What does Colorfall look like?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Michael Hall, visit:

http://www.michaelhallstudio.com

http://www.michaelhallstudio.com/pages/books/wonderfall/video.html

Ed Emberley’s ABC

“Ed Emberley’s ABC

Each letter of the alphabet tells a visual story while demonstrating how to write the letter by using an animal whose name begins with that letter writing the letter using an item which also begins with that letter.

Zebra rides a Zeppelin blimp, stringing lights as he goes to form the letter Z.

In the back of the book, Emberley demonstrates how to write each alphabet letter and lists items to find on each letter page (items start with that specific letter).

This book promotes creativity, imagination, nature and flexible thinking.

TITLE: A Child of Books

AUTHOR: Ed Emberley

ILLUSTRATOR: Ed Emberley

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 1978

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, nature, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What’s your favorite word? In what ways might you connect each letter to form your word? Remember there is no right or wrong answer. Get creative.

2) Brainstorm a list of animals that start with a letter of the alphabet. Pick one animal from that list. What trait(s) of that animal can be used to show how to write the letter? Sketch it out.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Ed Emberley, visit:

http://www.edemberley.com/pages/main.aspx

Necks Out For Adventure

Necks Out For Adventure! The True Story of Edwin Wiggleskin”

Edwin, a Wiggleskin, asks his mom a very big question.

“What would happen if we flowed with the current?” The others laugh but his mom says, “Stick your neck out for adventure like you always do.” One day a terrible smell comes with two feet and two hands and scoops up all the Wiggleskins except Edwin.

Edwin gathers his courage and pops from his shell. He rides a big wave until he smells a terrible smell. Edwin rescues the Wiggleskins by teaching them “Necks out” to shuck their shells and run back to the ocean.

This book promotes creativity, courage, and risk-taking.

TITLE: Necks Out For Adventure! The True Story of Edwin Wiggleskin

AUTHOR: Timothy Basil Ering

ILLUSTRATOR: Timothy Basil Ering

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2008

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, courage, risk-taking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Author Timothy Basil Ering doesn’t call a clam a clam. Instead he creates a new name, “wiggleskins.” Make a list of animals you’d find at the ocean. Next to each animal write another name for it. As you think up these new names, consider the animal’s attributes, habits and appearance.

2) What makes up an adventure? In your words, define the word adventure. What types of adventures interest you? Describe an adventure you’d like to take.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Timothy Basil Ering, visit:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/children/scholarly-magazines/ering-timothy-basil

Good News Bad News

“Good News Bad News”

Using only four words, author/illustrator Jeff Mack creates an engaging, fun story. Rabbit and Mouse go on a picnic. Bad news, it starts to rain. Good news, Rabbit has an umbrella.

Each good news for Rabbit is bad news for Mouse.

Rabbit turns each bad news into good news but when he gets sad, Mouse must turn bad news into good news.

This book promotes different perspective and creativity.

TITLE:  Good News Bad News

AUTHOR: Jeff Mack

ILLUSTRATOR: Jeff Mack

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspective, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) How might you turn something that seems “bad news” into “good news”?

2) Create your own cause and effect (good news, bad news) story about going to the park. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Jeff Mack, visit:

http://www.jeffmack.com

FISH

FISH”

In Fish, a wordless picture book, a boy and his dog fish for letters, F, I, S, and H. They throw back the letters they don’t need.

When a storm of Bs and triangle sharks attack, the boy loses his fish.

Eventually, they catch the letters they need and head to the race. There’s a surprise ending.

This book promotes original, creative, and unconventional thinking.

TITLE: Fish

AUTHOR: Liam Francis Walsh

ILLUSTRATOR: Liam Francis Walsh

PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, unconventional, creative

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) If you could fish for anything in the world, what would you fish for? How would you bait your hook to catch your “fish”? What would you use for bait? What would you do with your caught “fish”?

2) Rewrite the story replacing the letters for numbers. What purpose do the numbers serve that your main character catches? How will your main character use the numbers s/he catches?

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Liam Francis Walsh, visit:

http://liamfranciswalsh.com