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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

AGE GROUP: 5-7

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

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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….?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rachel Poliquin, visit:

http://www.rachelpoliquin.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Bryon Eggenschwiler, visit:

https://www.byronegg.com

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

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

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv

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