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In this cumulative story, beginning with one windblown gray circle, paper scraps are blown. 

The narrator asks, “Whose are these? Where did they come from?” 

The chicken says, “They’re mine!” 

The papers transform into different animals, which declare that the scraps belong to them. Then the wind blows all the scraps into the air and asks the reader, “What will you make?”

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking and fluency.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the reader can use his/her imagination to think about what the paper scraps will form before turning the page. 

TITLE: Windblown

AUTHOR: ÉdouardManceau

ILLUSTRATOR: ÉdouardManceau

Translated by: Sarah Quinn

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books Inc., 2013


TOPIC(S): shapes, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, fluency


1) Cut different shapes from scraps of paper. Use your imagination to create different things from these scraps.

2) Play tangram games at Math is Fun website:


3) Do this activity based on the book: http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf


To learn more about author/illustrator Édouard Manceau, visit:


“A Story That Grows”

“A Story That Grows”

A Story That Grows is a bedtime story that is sure to engage young readers and prompt imaginations. 

Based on the stuffed animal that the child is holding, readers can guess, before the page is turned, who the next reading family will be.

This book promotes creative components of originality and clever storytelling.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its different perspective of telling a bedtime story and that it highlights the caring relationship between a child and caregiver.

TITLE: A Story That Grows

AUTHOR: Gilles Bachelet

ILLUSTRATOR: Gilles Bachelet

PUBLISHER: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2019

Originally published in France, 2016


TOPIC(S): bedtime, parent-child relationship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: cleverness, originality, perspective


1) Think of three places where you might find groups of animals. (i.e. zoo, carnival) Next pick an animal from your location. Draw your animal father or mother or grandparent telling a bedtime story to an animal child. Don’t forget to add a stuffed animal that the child cuddles.

2) When you hear A Story that Grows, what images came to mind? I first thought of a vegetable that grows on a vine. Then I wondered about how a story could grow. What else could the author mean by the title, A Story that Grows? Use your imagination to write a story that grows using an image that first came to your mind.


To learn more about author/illustrator Gilles Bachelet, visit:


Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

“Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game”

In this picture book, each scenario begins with “What animal could you make with…” and then clues are provided.

Open the flap to discover the animal and learn facts about each animal part as it relates to its clue.

Can you guess what animal this is? 

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the common household clues lead to a surprising animal discovery. I enjoy the flexible-thinking challenge as will readers of guessing the correct animal based on how an animal would use the objects (clues) as part of the attributes that comprise their genetic makeup or behavior. 

TITLE: Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

AUTHOR: Rachel Poliquin

ILLUSTRATOR: Bryon Eggenschwiler

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2019


TOPIC(S): animals, riddles, creative and critical thinking skills

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, flexible thinking, imagination


1) Add to the book by picking an animal and finding everyday items that relate to an attribute or behavior of the animal. Make a list of the clues and have someone guess your animal.

2) Think about a plant or tree. What everyday objects could provide clues about your plant or tree? Then have someone answer the question,  What plant could you make with….?


To learn more about author Rachel Poliquin, visit:


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