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Poppy Pickle

“Poppy Pickle”

While Poppy lives in an ordinary house with ordinary parents and ordinary cats, she is far from ordinary. She is full of imagination. Sometimes Poppy’s imagination lands her in a pickle. 

One day after being sent to her room, Poppy starts to imagine and then something happens. 

All the things that Poppy imagines come alive. Things get out of control. How will Poppy fix things before her parents enter her room?

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its celebration of imagination. This humorous story is a fun read. Be sure to “read” the pictures.

TITLE: Poppy Pickle

AUTHOR: Emma Yarlett

ILLUSTRATOR: Emma Yarlett

PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): childhood, imagination

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Set a timer for ten minutes. Make a list of all the things that you can image. Let your imagination go wild. It can weird and wacky. It can be strange and unusual. It is imagined without judging it. From your list, pick one thing to sketch out. Name it.

2) Has your imagination ever gotten you in trouble? What happened? Now write about what would have happened if the things you had imagined had come alive (like in the story)? How would you solve the problem?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Emma Yarlett, visit:

https://www.emmayarlett.com/About-1

To see more about Poppy Pickle, visit:

https://www.emmayarlett.com/Poppy-Pickle

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/