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Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.

When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony, 

he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.  

TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci

AUTHOR: J. Rutland

ILLUSTRATOR: J. Rutland

PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator J. Rutland visit:

If the S in Moose Comes Loose

“If the S in Moose Comes Loose”

Opening: “If the S in Moose comes loose and the E breaks free… what’s left?”  

A gloomy cow. But cow has an idea. GLUE! 

When a goat walks by, she asks to use his G. She replaces the G with a B. Goat turns into a boat. 

Cow borrows L from Lake. She replaces the L with a C. Lake becomes Cake. 

Humor ensures as Cow borrows and replaces letters from others as she “glues” Moose back together. 

If the S in Moose Comes Loose spells a humorous catrasophe.

This story promotes creative components of humor and originality. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its humor and ability to use this in a classroom setting while promoting friendship.

TITLE:If the S in Moose Comes Loose

AUTHOR: Peter Hermann

ILLUSTRATOR: Matthew Cordell

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): rhyme, alphabet letters, spelling, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of ten words. Remove one letter from each word and replace it with a different letter to form a new word. For example, dog -> log

2) On index cards cut in half, write the letters of the alphabet on each card. Mix these cards in a bowl or hat. Draw out five letters. Form as many words as you can with those letters. Put the letters back in and play again. Different variations: add more vowels to make more complex words, pick out less or more than five letters, or add blends such as st, sp, bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, and sm.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Peter Hermann, visit:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/actor-and-writer-peter-hermann-publishes-first-childrens-book-if-the-s-in-moose-comes-loose-300601289.html

To learn more about illustrator Matthew Cordell, visit:

https://www.hbook.com/2018/09/conversation-matthew-cordell/

Christmas Wombat

Christmas Wombat”

Wombat lives in Australia. His favorite pastimes are scratching, sleeping, digging, and especially, eating carrots.

Wombat encounters strange creatures. He battles them…

…and wins the carrots.

After settling down for a nap on the back of Santa’s sleigh, Wombat travels the world. Along the way, he encounters more strange creatures and lots of carrots. Humor accompanies every page turn.

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s exceptional humor and unique storyline.

TITLE: Christmas Wombat

AUTHOR: Jackie French

ILLUSTRATOR: Bruce Whatley

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): Christmas, carrots

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What other animals love to eat carrots? How might that animal “win” carrots from reindeer?

2) Invent a joke or riddle about wombat.

3) What is one of your family’s Christmas traditions (if you celebrate)? How might a wombat fit into your tradition?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie French, visit:

http://www.jackiefrench.com/about-jackie

To learn more about illustrator Bruce Whatley, visit:

http://brucewhatley.com/home-1/