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Excellent Ed

“Excellent Ed”

Everyone is excellent at something except Ed. 

Ed wants to do what the The Ellis children are allowed to do – eat at the table, sit on the couch and ride in the van. If he becomes excellent at something, will he be able to do those things? 

But what is Ed good at? Breaking things, losing things, or forgetting things. Nope. The Ellis children are better than Ed.

When Ernie drops some food, Ed realizes that he is an excellent floor cleaner. Maybe that is why he doesn’t eat at the table. Ed discovers other things that he is excellent at and why he doesn’t get to ride in the van or sit on the couch.

This story promotes the creative components of individuality and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the humor and its message of acceptance and finding those things that you are excellent at doing. And of course, I love dogs!

TITLE: Excellent Ed

AUTHOR: Stacy McAnulty

ILLUSTRATOR: Julia Sarcone-Roach

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016


TOPIC(S): be yourself, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective


1) If Ed were a cat, what excellent things might he be good at?

2) What are three things that you are excellent at? What is one thing that you wish you were excellent at? How might you go about to become better at it?


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Rock What Ya Got

Rock What Ya Got”

The opening: “Once upon a blank piece of paper, where anything can happen…”

The artist draws a character and names her Viva.

Viva likes who she is but the artist feels that something isn’t quite right. 

She draws different hairstyles for Viva. Still not right, and the artist continues to change things about Viva. With each change, Viva states, “Rock what you ya got!” Will the artist ever accept Viva the way she is?

This story promotes creative components of individuality and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its message: “Rock what ya got – Look at what it is, not what is not!” Another element that this story offers is that the artist learns to accept herself. 

TITLE: Rock What Ya Got

AUTHOR: Samantha Berger


PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018


TOPIC(S): self-esteem, acceptance of one’s self

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective


1) Find a rock and decorate it to look like you.

2) Use a beat/rhythm that you like to write a song about you. 


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With Love, Little Red Hen

“With Love, Little Red Hen”

Little Red Hen and her chicks move to a new cottage in Hidden Forest to grow a corn crop. When she asks some neighbors for help, they refuse. Letters written by her neighbors, Goldilocks, Little Red Hen, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood tell the story of Little Red Hen and their plan to help their new neighbor but Wolfy Lupus and his cousin Fer O’Cious have a plan of their own.

This book promotes imagination, different perspectives, and creativity.

TITLE: With Love, Little Red Hen

AUTHOR: Alma Flor Ada


PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Children, 2001


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspectives, creative, imagination


1) Each character writes letters in first person point of view. Write a letter to one of the characters in the story telling them of a problem you have. Have that character write you back offering you a solution to the problem.

2) In this story, the author and illustrator created a new world for these well-known characters. Pick a well-known character. Use your imagination to create a world different from the world that your character would normally live in. Draw a map of this new world.


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