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The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, humor, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities: https://www.thesnowman.com/make-and-do/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, visit:

“What Can You Find in a Pool?”

“What Can You Find in a Pool?”

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Pool

Pool is a gorgeous, wordless picture book of curiosity, imagination and friendship. When two shy children meet at a pool, they embark upon a magical underwater journey. JiHyeon Lee’s use of negative space creates a silent movie for readers.

TITLE: Pool

AUTHOR: JiHyeon Lee

ILLUSTRATOR: JiHyeon Lee

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2015;  Originally Published in South Korea by Iyagikot Publishing Co., 2013

AGE GROUP: 3-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write about a time when you and your friend went on a journey.

2) Create an underwater creature that you might find in a pool.

3) What does being a friend mean to you? How might a fork and a spoon represent friendship? Think of an unusual object(s) that represents friendship.

4) Using two different colored construction papers, experiment with negative space and positive space. Below are examples of using negative and positive space to create an image.

mobydickBook Cover for Moby Dick incorporates the harpoon and the whale’s tail.

negativespace

Example of the use of negative space from designer Philipp Rietz

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Jihyeon Lee’s writing process while she wrote Pool, visit:

http://blog.picturebookmakers.com/post/125243484756/jihyeon-lee