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Sweet Dreamers

Sweet Dreamers

Ever wonder what animals dream about? In Sweet Dreamers, a creative nonfiction picture book, author/illustrator Isabelle Simler transports readers into different animals’ realms, while departing natural facts about each creature through her lyrical description of how they dream. 

The ant “gathers and collects hundreds of quick naps” while the seahorse “as if on a carousel, the seahorse dreams at a gallop” and the spider “dreams on a tightrope – the lacework pattern of his sleep hanging by a thread.”

As a longer picture book, Simler uses two-page landscape spreads to introduce a new environment of animals. Each animal receives a close-up and a full-body illustration.

A perfect read aloud bedtime story.

This book promotes creativity and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the lyrical words and beautiful illustrations speak to the reader and immediately take the reader into each animal’s dreamtime. Strong word choices seamlessly blend each animal’s natural characteristics into evocative poetry.

TITLE: Sweet Dreamers

AUTHOR: Isabelle Simler

ILLUSTRATOR: Isabelle Simler

PUBLISHER: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2019

Originally published in France 2017

English language translation by Sarah Ardizzone, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPICS: bedtime, nature-based poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Watch your pet or a video that shows a sleeping animal. Make a list of words or phrases that describe that animal. Make another list that describes how you think you look when you sleep. Using words from both lists, write a poem about your sleeping animal and you.

2) Although Isabelle Simler crafted her illustrations digitally, it reminds me of scratch art. Make your own scratch art. Visit this blogpost for DIY easy scratch art:

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Isabelle Simler, visit:

http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2018/12/lets-talk-illustrators-92-isabelle.html

The One-Stop Story Shop

The One-Stop Story Shop”

One day a knight seeks out a dragon to battle. When he arrives at the dragon’s lair, the knight finds a note that informs him that the dragon is on a two- week vacation. Without a dragon to fight, the knight’s story is stuck.  Luckily, he happens upon The One-Stop Story Shop, where characters, plots, wigs, wands, and more are available.

Soon the knight and his ferret sidekick are having different adventures such The Starry-Space-Chase Adventure and The Hold-on-to-Your-Hats Cowboy Adventure. But these tales aren’t quite right. Finally, the knight embarks on an underwater adventure that has everything he wants – a gallant horse, a mysterious cave, treasure, and a terrible beast to fight.

When the dragon returns home early from his vacation ready to battle, the knight realizes that there is a world of stories waiting for him, and declares, “No, thanks!”

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for many reasons: the catchy title that uses alliteration, the overall story that encompasses smaller stories, and the ending twist. But most of all, I enjoyed this book for its clever, unusual fairy tale adventures. 

TITLE: The One-Stop Story Shop

AUTHOR: Tracey Corderoy

ILLUSTRATOR: Tony Neal

PUBLISHER: Tiger Tales, 2019

AGE GROUP:  5-7

TOPIC(S): adventure storytelling, fairy tales

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of your favorite characters from books, movies, or cartoons. Pick one character to be your main character and one character to be a secondary character. Write an adventure story about them using alternate settings.

2) What elements make up a fairy tale? Pretend you are the main character in a fairy tale of your choice. What things can you use from your life to make your fairy tale a modern day fairy tale? Write your fairy tale adventure.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tracey Corderoy, visit:

http://www.traceycorderoy.com/about

To learn more about illustrator Tony Neal, visit: http://tonyneal.co.uk

My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

“My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil”

When Grandma comes to visit, she asks her granddaughter about school. Instead of replying with the same boring answers, the girl draws portraits, adding special details using objects that show what makes each person special.

Who is her favorite teacher? 

Take a guess. 

An art teacher as colorful as a box of crayons.

This story promotes the creative components of originality and creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes familiar objects and uses them to create something unfamiliar yet familiar at the same time. People of all ages can try this art technique.

TITLE: My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

AUTHOR: Hanoch Piven

ILLUSTRATOR: Hanoch Piven

PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): art

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Like author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, create an object portrait of one of your friends, using collected objects from around your home that would show your friend’s personality. 

2) Make a greeting card for a friend using different objects.

3) Create a self-portrait using different objects. Have a friend create an object portrait of you. Compare portraits.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, visit:

http://www.pivenworld.com