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Trees

Trees”

Poet Verlie Hutchens has a gift for words that bring trees to life in such a way that readers can truly relate to.  

Read these lines: “Little Red Bud plays hide-and-seek,” “pink-purple giggles,” “Sycamore, the fashion queen, wears a jigsaw-puzzle gown…” and “White Pine, unruly uncle…”

Each tree’s unique personality and character is perfectly described, sometimes humorously.

Each tree is illustrated in its natural environment. Jing Jing Tsong’s illustrative technique combines traditional printmaking and digital collage.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I enjoy picturing the trees as the characters that the poet describes. I appreciate that the illustrations depict the trees as they would be found in nature, including animals and people. 

TITLE:Trees

POEMS by: Verlie Hutchens

ILLUSTRATOR: Jing Jing Tsong

PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): trees, poetry, personification

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a nature walk in your community. Observe the trees that you find along the way. Write a poem about one of the trees you found.

2) Practice your creative flexible thinking. Think up at least five answers to each of the following questions. How is a tree like a blanket? How is a tree like a bicycle? How is a tree like a star?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Verlie Hutchens, visit:

https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Verlie-Hutchens/502006236

To learn more about illustrator Jing Jing Tsong, visit:

https://www.jingjingtsong.com/about

I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

“I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!”

Time for bed! Starting with a big bear hug, a child receives different animal hugs as bedtime approaches.

Through rhyming text and repetition, this story shows how encompassing and everlasting a parent’s love can be.

Beautiful illustrations of familiar animals add another layer to this lovely story. 

This story promotes the creative component of flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its many layers. Each step of this bedtime ritual correlates with an animal hug. I love the rhythm and rhyme of this text and the beautiful illustrations. Readers will feel the love that this mother has for her child.

TITLE: I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

AUTHOR: Caroline B. Cooney

ILLUSTRATOR: Tim Warnes

PUBLISHER: Zonderkidz, 2016

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): bedtime, parent/child relationship, love

CREATIVE COMPONENT: flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What other animals would you like to receive bedtime hugs from?

2) Pretend you are a pet such as a dog or cat. How might you describe a hug from your owner?

3) Make a list of ways that you show you care about someone. Pick one of those ways and show someone you care today.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Caroline B. Cooney, visit:

https://www.carolinebcooneybooks.com/about/as_a_child.html

To learn more about the illustrator Tim Warnes, visit:

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building”

Author/illustrator Christy Hale pairs children building with concrete poetry alongside photos of structures from around the world.

Readers will see how kids’ constructions can be expressed in the works of architects.

Backmatter includes explanations about the buildings and the architects who designed the buildings. Quotes from each architect demonstrate their thoughts about design and creative process.

This story promotes creative components ofwonder, flexible thinking, and creative expression.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the children’s buildings being paired with an architect’s structure demonstrates to readers how something simple can become complex. It inspires readers to compare form and design and wonder what they can create with materials they have laying around the house. I love children’s poetry and appreciate how the concrete poetry celebrates the joy of building.

TITLE: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

AUTHOR: Christy Hale

ILLUSTRATOR: Christy Hale

PUBLISHER: Lee & Low Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): architecture, building

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, flexible thinking, creative expression

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research buildings with unique structures. Pick one. What materials that around your house most resemble your building’s structure? Build the building using your materials.

2) Play with wooden blocks.

“The maple wood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.” -Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

3) Utilize different types of building blocks to build an Outer Space city. In what ways do the different types of blocks work together?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Christy Hale, visit:

http://christyhale.com/biography.html