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Lexie the Word Wrangler

Lexie the Word Wrangler”

Lexie wrangles words instead of cattle. She raises baby letters until they grow into words, lassos words together, herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

When a rustler turns up, adding letters to words and making other words disappear, ruckus upsets life on the ranch.

The desert turns into a giant dessert.

A rainbow becomes a bow in the sky. Will Lexie capture the rustler?

This book promotes originality, humor, and clever.

TITLE: Lexie the Word Wrangler

AUTHOR: Rebecca Van Slyke

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessie Hartland

PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor, clever

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) You can be a word wrangler, too!

* Rearrange each of these words to form new words. GRATE, SCOPE, APES, ART, ATOM

* Write a list of compound words. Break the words into two words. Write each word on a slip a paper and fold. Put each word into a bag. Select two slips of paper from the bag. Form a new compound word.

* Drop letters from words to form new words.

2) Write a list of 50 words on slips of paper. Fold and put into a bag. Pick 15 words from the bag. Create a short story, using these words. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rebecca Van Slyke, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/188927/rebecca-van-slyke

http://rebeccavanslyke.com/about-me/

To learn more about illustrator Jessie Hartland, visit:

http://jessiehartland.com

I’m My Own Dog

I’m my own dog. No one owns me. I play fetch by myself. I roll over when I want to. I sit on my own.

But there’s this one spot on my back that I can’t scratch. I let this man scratch it and he followed me home.

Between you and me, I’m his best friend.

This book promotes humor and different perspective.

TITLE: I’m My Own Dog

AUTHOR: David Ezra Stein

ILLUSTRATOR: David Ezra Stein

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 5-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Role-reversal. Pretend you are your mom or dad and she or he is you. Act out what takes place in the morning as each of you get ready for the day.

2) Make up a joke that a cat would tell another cat about a dog. Then invent a cat joke that a dog would tell another dog. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator David Ezra Stein, visit:

http://www.penguin.com/static/pages/youngreaders/children/features/davidezrastein/

7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story”

Word on the street is that 7 ate 9 and 7 is after 6. Scared 6 hires a private investigator, Private I, to find missing 7.

Private I searches for 8, who knows zilch.

Next he heads to Café Uno and orders a slice pi. He still needs more data and finds 11, who tells him 7 went on vacation. Things don’t add up.

(endpaper)

Read the rest of the story for the clever, surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality and discovery.

TITLE: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar

ILLUSTRATOR: Ross McDonald

PUBLISHER: Disney, Hyperion, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Using your favorite number and personification create a number character. Personification is giving human qualities or traits to something non-human. Sketch out your character. Then “dress” your character with color and textures.

2) Write your own fun mystery using these organizers from ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org)

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/organizer.pdf

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/guide.pdf

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit:

https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross McDonald, visit:

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/childrens-books/

Doggone Feet!

Doggone Feet!”

One day Dog follows Legs (who becomes his owner) home from the park. Dog cleans up the floor after Legs and licks his hands clean. They make a great pair until Toes comes home with Legs. Dog doesn’t know what to think about two more feet. “I guess there’s room for four feet,” Dog thinks. Then Boots shows up. And then more feet show up. And more. What’s a dog to do?

From beneath the dining table, Dog tells of his growing family life from his dog-eye point of view. Full of humor and rhyme, read to discover the surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality, and different perspective.

TITLE: Doggone Feet!

AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski

ILLUSTRATOR: Leslie Helakoski

PUBLISHER: Boyds Mills Press, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, different perspective, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an animal and “see” the world through its eyes. Remember if it’s a small animal the world will look enormous and vice versa for a larger animal. Roleplay – behave like that animal. Now pick an object. How might that object “see” the world around him?

2) Challenge yourself to keep an open-mind when you come across something that you don’t think you’ll like. For example, I didn’t think that I would like to eat baked asparagus with cream cheese but I ended up really liking it. Now it’s a favorite of mine. But if you end up not liking what you try, it’s okay. You experienced it!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski, visit:

https://www.helakoskibooks.com

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Y888XmPh0

Woolbur

Woolbur”

Woolbur doesn’t think or behave like the rest of the flock. He does things his way.

“I carded my own wool,” said Woolbur. “No more tangles.” 

“It’s unheard of!” said Maa.  “I know,” said Woolbur. “Isn’t great?”

His parents don’t understand him. “You must follow the flock, dear. It’s what sheep do.”

Instead Woolbur teaches the other sheep a different way of doing things.

This book promotes humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality.

TITLE: Woolbur

AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski

ILLUSTRATOR: Lee Harper

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publisher, 2008

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Design a wacky hairstyle for yourself and wear it to school.

2) Pick something that you feel you do well at and teach it to someone else.

3) Invent a game using cottonballs.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Leslie Helakoski, visit:

https://www.helakoskibooks.com

To learn more about illustrator Lee Harper, visit:

http://www.leeharperart.com/leeharperart/Welcome.html

Beard In A Box

Beard In A Box”

In Beard In A Box written and illustrated by Bill Cotter, a young boy wants to be just like his dad. He determines that Dad gets his awesomeness from his beard.

He needs a beard, too.

He follows the 5 step program: picks a style, plants seeds, waters, does face exercises and then… Step 5: Wait 10-15 years. UGH!!

Then things get worse when his dad shaves off his beard. Double UGH!!

In the end, Dad shows his son how to be awesome.

This book promotes imagination, humor and creativity.

TITLE: Beard In A Box

AUTHOR: Bill Cotter

ILLUSTRATOR: Bill Cotter

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016

AGE GROUP: 5-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, humor, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1)   Design a new beard style.

2) Brainstorm a list of words that you associate with awesomeness. From your list, pick one word to describe your dad and one word to describe you. Combine these two words to invent a new word. Use this new word to write an acrostic poem about your relationship with your dad. (You can also use this exercise with others that you love even your pet.)

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Bill Cotter, visit:

http://cotterillustration.squarespace.com

Meow Monday

“Meow Monday

Meow Monday from the Bonnie Bumble series written by Phyllis Root begins with this opening line: One Monday, Bonnie Bumble’s pussy willows all burst into bloom.

The kittens raise such a ruckus the cows won’t give milk and the hens won’t lay eggs. Bonnie pets, brushes and plays with the kittens but nothing works.

Then Bonnie remembers the milkweed. After feeding, they curl up for a catnap. The farm returns to normal. Everything is calm until…

the dogwood blooms.

This book promotes fluency, flexible thinking and imagination.

TITLE: Meow Monday

AUTHOR: Phyllis Root

ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Craig

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2000

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: fluency, flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) From a plant resource book, find plant names that you can use to create a new plant like the author did with her dogwood plant. Sketch your new plant. Name your new plant.

2) What would happen if lions barked and hippos chirped? Imagine what the world would be like if animals changed how they “talked.”

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Phyllis Root, visit:

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2006/03/author-feature-phyllis-root.html

To learn more about illustrator Helen Craig, visit:

http://sevenstoriescollection.blogspot.com/2014/03/helen-craigs-studio.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymoron

Jumbo shrimp 1998 by Jon Agee author/illustrator

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymorons

Oxymorons are figures of speech that put together at least two apparently contradictory terms to form a phrase. The phrase “”I am busy doing nothing” is an oxymoron phrase because busy and nothing have completely opposite meanings.

Make a list of oxymorons. Here are some to get started.

Blind eye

Bad luck

Clearly confused

Deafening silence

Definitely maybe

Random order

Original copy

Run slowly

Creative Thinking Prompt: From your list of oxymorons pick five to illustrate. Really exaggerate features to add humor to your picture.

Think Deeper:  Invent a few of your own oxymorons.

What Pete Ate A – Z

What Pete Ate A – Z”

WHAT PETE ATE A – Z is not your typical alphabet book! This ABC story follows Pete the Dog as he devours a myriad of things, which he shouldn’t eat such as an accordion, a camera, a pocketbook, and everything to make an egg sandwich. Doesn’t Pete know the difference between edible and inedible?

The letter “G.”

Here’s Pete! What a dog!

This book promotes humor, creativity, imagination, and originality.

TITLE: What Pete Ate A – Z

AUTHOR: Maira Kalman

ILLUSTRATOR: Maira Kalman

PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creativity, originality, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a letter from the alphabet. Brainstorm a list of inedible items that Pete the Dog could eat. Now write a tongue twister about Pete eating some of those items.

2) What happens to Pete at the end of the book after he’s eaten all those inedible things? Write an ending to Pete’s alphabet eating journey.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Maira Kalman, visit:

http://www.mairakalman.com/books/children/

Cat Knit

Cat Knit”

Cat and Yarn are best friends.

They are inseparable. But Girl takes Yarn away.

When Yarn returns, he has changed a lot. Cat is mad!

Can they ever be friends again?

This book promotes adaptability, humor, and originality.

TITLE: Cat Knit

AUTHOR: Jacob Grant

ILLUSTRATOR: Jacob Grant

PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends Book, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS:  adaptability, humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Use an unusual material to make friendship bracelets to hand out to your friends.

http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-a-friendship-bracelet-1/?ALLSTEPS

2) In what other ways can yarn be used? Brainstorm a list of ways that yarn can be used.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Jacob Grant, visit:

http://jacobgrantbooks.com