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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/

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever”

No one had wanted Sterling for very long. When the Butlery Cutlery Company advertises shipping to all the best homes, Sterling is determined to be the best fork ever.

He did his best to be a handy and useful fork but one day the family eats with their fingers. To avoid being sent back to the company, Sterling tries to be useful by being a whisk, a lamp, and a paper towel holder.

At the dog park, Sterling still tries to be useful by behaving like a stick. The family’s daughter wants Sterling to just be himself. Will Sterling ever figure out who he is?

Delightful end pages show Sterling posing as other objects.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Sterling’s character and his humorous ability to adapt himself into other objects. And as always, I appreciate the theme – you are your best by just being yourself.

TITLE: Sterling, Best ForkDog Ever

AUTHOR: Aidan Cassie

ILLUSTRATOR: Aidan Cassie

PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): family, finding a home, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What animal shape might resemble a spoon? Sketch out your animal spoon. What other items can your animal imitate?

2) Think about a spatula. List other ways might a spatula be used.

3) Caricatures are drawings that emphasize features that can be exaggerated. For example, if someone has a prominent nose, the caricature drawing would show an extremely large nose. Try your hand at drawing a dog caricature. For inspiration, visit: http://www.fredeyer.net/pets.htm

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Aidan Cassie, visit:

http://aidancassie.com

Visit https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374306144to see more images of this story.

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians”

Written by Jackie Mims Hopkins, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians gives a classic tale a new twist featuring the library. Goldie Socks arrives at a cottage made of books to find shelves of books.

She browses for just the right book and searches for just the right reading spot.

But what will happen when the three libearians return to find Goldie Socks?

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I love fractured fairy tales. Jackie Mims Hopkins’ take on this classic tale educates while entertains. For me, that is the best of both worlds.

TITLE: Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

AUTHOR: Jackie Mims Hopkins

ILLUSTRATOR: John Manders

PUBLISHER: Upstart Books, 2007

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): book genres, library, 5 finger rule for choosing a book

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) If you were Goldie Socks, what type of cottage would you like to? What types of things would be in the cottage? Who would live in the cottage?

2) List five book genres. Which genre is your favorite and why? Tell a friend about your favorite book in your favorite genre.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie Mims Hopkins, visit:

http://www.jackiemimshopkins.com

To learn more about illustrator John Manders, visit:

http://www.johnmanders.com