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