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Rhyme Crime

“Rhyme Crime

A crime has happened! Each time the thief commits another crime, the stolen item gets replaced with a rhyming item.

This fun caper introduces young readers into the world of rhyme.

But what happens when the thief comes across a word that doesn’t rhyme with another word? Will the thief get caught?

This book promotes imagination, creativity and humor.

TITLE: Rhyme Crime

AUTHOR: Jon Burgerman

ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Burgerman

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creativity, humor


1) Create two scenes that could be added to this story. Create a character that wears a coat. Think of words that rhyme with coat. Choose one of the words to replace coat. Draw the new scene with your new word.

2) Make a list of things that you might find in a school backpack. Next to each word, write a rhyming word. Give your list of rhyming words to a partner and have him or her guess what the original item was.


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The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig

The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig”

Based on a true story about a rescued pig, Esther’s two dads were told she was a mini pig. But there was nothing mini about Esther.

She grew and grew and grew.

Esther often got into mischief. She made a mess in the garden.

She sneaked into the freezer and ate all the ice pops. But she would look into her dads’ eyes and that smile…it was love.

Eventually Esther, at over six hundred pounds, outgrew their tiny house. Her two dads bought property and created the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary for rescued animals.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and humor.

TITLE: The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig

AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane

ILLUSTRATOR: Cori Doerrfield

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative nonfiction


1) Imagine having a dinosaur as a pet. What adventures would you and your pet have? What mischief might your pet get into?

2) Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary is located in Canada. Explore animal sanctuaries in other countries. How do animal shelters in the United States differ and are similar than other countries’ shelter? What ways can you help rescued animals? 


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Dirt + Water = Mud

Dirt + Water = Mud”

What do you get when you add water to dirt? Come, find out in this fun book!


The girl adds water to dirt, and her imagination takes off.

(Notice the girl’s shadow.)


Add more props.


A sheet, a stick and a cat’s ear equals a queen and her knight.

Follow this pair of best friends as they play in the backyard.

This story promotes imagination, humor, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Dirt + Water = Mud

AUTHOR: Katherine Hannigan

ILLUSTRATOR: Katherine Hannigan

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, flexible thinking


1) Compound words are two words put together to form a new word with a new definition. Make a list of compound words. From your list, pick a word. Sketch an image for each word, and then, combine both images to create a new definition. For example, rain + bow = rainbow. Sketch an image for rain. Sketch an image for bow. Combine your two images to form a new definition of a rainbow.

2) Let’s use your imagination just like the author did to combine math and your favorite activities. Make a list of your favorite activities. Work in reverse by thinking about which two items can be added together to equal one of your favorite activities. For example, one of my favorite activities is baking cookies. Chocolate + circles = cookies

Think Deeper:  What if instead of adding things together in the above activities, you subtracted, what would happen?


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