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“drawn together”

drawn together

A grandson is to spend time with his grandfather but there’s a generational gap. They don’t speak each other’s language. They don’t eat the same food. And they don’t watch the same television shows. 

Then Grandfather sees his grandson drawing with markers. He brings his pen and ink. And in a flash, they discover a new world that words can’t describe.

But when they’re closer than ever, the old distance returns. Will they be able to cross that generational bridge?

This book promotes creativity, creative problem solving, and diversity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this almost wordless book because it is a story that doesn’t need words for its message to be told. The graphic novel-story type illustrations add another layer. I really enjoyed seeing how this author and illustrator bridge the generational gap literally and figuratively. 

TITLE: drawn together

AUTHOR: Minh Lê

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Santat

PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion, 2018

TOPIC(S): generational, grandparent/grandchild relationship, culture

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, creative problelm solving, diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) With a friend or sibling, invent a language that only the two of you understand.

2) Build a bridge using your favorite food or candy.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Minh Lê, visit:

http://minhlebooks.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Dan Santat, visit: 

https://www.dantat.com

The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike” 

In the book, The Patchwork Bike, siblings make their own fun by building a bike from scratch.

Using a hodgepodge of scavenged items, they assemble their bike and ride it through their village and their mud-for-walls home.

Lyrical language and powerful illustrations create an evocative story.

This story promotes creative components of diversity, resourceful, imagination, and inventiveness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the marriage of text and perfectly evoke the joy of riding a bike and capturing readers’ imagination. The title immediately piqued my curiosity, and I wondered how could a bike be patchwork. I enjoyed the author’s lyrical language such as shicketty shake and winketty wonk.

TITLE: The Patchwork Bike

AUTHOR: Maxine Beneba Clarke

ILLUSTRATOR: Van Thanh Rudd

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): recycled materials, culture, siblings, bike riding

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: diversity, resourceful, imagination, inventiveness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hodgepodge, a synonym for patchwork, is defined as being composed of parts of different kinds. Basically, it is an assortment of different things that do not originally go together but are assembled together to create a final product. What can you make? Gather different items. Take apart the larger items (with permission) into smaller parts. Looking at these various parts, what can you make to create a hodgepodge machine? What is the function(s) of your machine? Build your machine. Name your machine.

2) Design a bike that reflects your personality. Conduct research on different types of bicycles. Remember to look at past bikes, recent bikes, and even bikes of the future to inspire your design.

3) Illustrator Van Thanh Rudd painted on recycled cardboard for the book’s illustrations. Try your hand at painting on cardboard. How is it different from painting on paper? Why do you think the illustrator used cardboard?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Maxine Beneba Clarke, visit:

https://www.hachette.com.au/maxine-beneba-clarke/

To learn more about illustrator Van Thanh Rudd, visit:

https://www.van-t-rudd.net/illustration.html

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices”

Told in free verse poems written by Sally Derby, A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices,features six students from different backgrounds, kindergarten through fifth grade, as they prepare and attend their first day of school.

This book promotes diversity and different perspectives.

TITLE: A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices

AUTHOR: Sally Derby

ILLUSTRATOR: Mika Song

PUBLISHER: Charlesbridge, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspectives, diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a poem or story about your first day of school. Remember to use your five senses.

2) Pretend you are a new student at a new school. How might you want others to treat you? What can you do to welcome new students at your school this year? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Sally Derby, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Derby/e/B001HMLNS8

To learn more about illustrator Mika Song, visit:

www.mikasongdraws.com

To learn more about the book, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/548788/a-new-school-year-by-sally-derby-author-mika-song-illustrator/9781580897303/