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DIZZY

Dizzy

Dizzy, a picture book biography, “is the story of one real cool cat who must have been born with a horn in his hands…” Dizzy Gillespie, born poor and often beat up by other kids, re-channeled his anger into playing the trumpet given to him by his music teacher. As he grew older, Dizzy refused to follow the rules of music. He clowned around, added notes to songs, played never-been-heard notes, and always puffed out his cheeks when playing his trumpet. Dizzy had created a new kind of music – BEBOP.

This story is written like a jazz song with LOUD and s t a c c a t o beats, short lines, long lines and more, so the reader can feel the rhythm as seen in the illustration below.

This book promotes individuality, inventor, creative person, risk-taker, unique, and following one’s heart.

TITLE: Dizzy

AUTHOR: Jonah Winter

ILLUSTRATOR: Sean Qualls

PUBLISHER: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, inventor, creative person, risk-taker, unique, following one’s heart

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What are you passionate about? Do you feel like you can’t live without it? If you couldn’t pursue your passion, what would you do instead?

2) How do you express yourself creatively?

3) Whether or not you play instrument, what instrument do you like the sound of the most? What instrument do you like the structure and shape of the most?

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Notice how the illustrator uses color and thick brush strokes to convey the energy and tone of Dizzy’s music. Paint how you feel when you are doing something you love and then paint how you feel when you are doing something you don’t like.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jonah Winter, visit:

http://www.jonahwinter.com

To learn more about illustrator Sean Qualls, visit:

http://seanqualls.com

Hoot and Peep

“Hoot and Peep

Peep likes to peep about the mystery of things in her owly way. Hoot imparts his older brotherly wisdom. Owls only say “Hooo.”

When Peep leaves, Hoot misses her. He hears her songs on the wind and realizes his mistake.

Hoot and Peep learn to sing together in their own owly way.

This book promotes risk-taking, creative expression, and self-confidence.

TITLE: Hoot and Peep

AUTHOR: Lita Judge

ILLUSTRATOR: Lita Judge

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: risk-taking, creative expression, self-confidence

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a rap song about YOU!

Watch 5 year old Jordan who will show you how to rap in 30 seconds.

2) What onomatopoeia words describe you? (Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the natural sound of a thing. Examples: screech, cuckoo) Make a list of 15-20 words.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lita Judge, visit:

http://www.litajudge.net

Seaver the Weaver

“Seaver the Weaver”

Seaver comes from a family of orb weavers who only make round webs. At night Seaver finds inspiration in the stars.

His siblings find his webs too different. But Seaver likes his unique shapes and continues to weave. His webs catch food. When his siblings’ webs don’t attract prey, they ask Seaver to teach them to weave.

This book promotes individuality, following one’s heart, unique, and courage.

TITLE: Seaver the Weaver

AUTHOR: Paul Czajak

ILLUSTRATOR: The Brothers Hilts

PUBLISHER: Mighty Media Kids, 2015

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, following one’s heart, unique, courage

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Look at the stars in the dark night. What shapes do you see? Sketch what you see. Then research constellations to see which ones you saw.

2) What other shapes could Seaver weave? Design what Seaver’s web would look like if he used more than one shape to weave his web.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Paul Czajak, visit:

http://paulczajak.com

 

Harold Finds A Voice

Harold Finds A Voice”

In Harold Finds A Voice, Harold, a great mimicking parrot, grows tired of repeating the same sounds and escapes from home.

As he flies through Paris and hears new sounds, he discovers that everything has its own voice.

But when Harold speaks, he emits a horrible sound.

Will Harold find a voice?

Readers can mimic the sounds that Harold encounters on his journey.

This book promotes discovery, individuality, and risk-taking.

TITLE: Harold Finds A Voice

AUTHOR: Courtney Dicmas

ILLUSTRATOR: Courtney Dicmas

PUBLISHER: Child’s Play Inc., 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, individuality, risk-taking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) The illustrations in this book do not use solid or completed outlines. Using watercolor paints, create a scene and/or character. If you’d like, add incomplete outlines using a black pen or marker.

2) Think of all the objects in your home that makes a sound. Write down the sound using onomatopoeia (the imitation of a sound that an item makes). See if you can create 20 onomatopoeias.

For example: toaster: Frzz! Ding!

blender: Bweee!

coffee pot: Burble

oil in a frying pan: spiz

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Courtney Dicmas, visit:

www.childs-play.com

One Family

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“One Family

 How many things can One be? One isn’t just singular – it is made of many.

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A family comes in all shapes and sizes. In the book, One Family celebrates families and their individuality.

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Illustrator Blanca Gomez’s pictures show what else One can be as well as the different varieties that families come in.

This book promotes flexible thinking, individuality, and parts of a whole.

TITLE: One Family

AUTHOR: George Shannon

ILLUSTRATOR: Blanca Gomez

PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2015

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, individuality, and parts of a whole

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Think of one as plural. What else is one? Make a list. Also, think globally. For example, one community and one country.

2) What number makes up your family? Once you have your number, list three other things that is that number. For example, if 12 is your family number, then… One is twelve. One dozen eggs. One bag of tennis balls. One family.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author George Shannon, visit:

http://www.georgeshannonauthor.com

To learn more about illustrator Blanca Gomez, visit:

http://cosasminimas.com/about/

Froodle

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Froodle ”

All year long, the crow caws, the pigeon coos, the cardinal chips and the little brown bird peeps.

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One day the little brown bird sang, “Froodle-oodle.” “Little brown birds say peep!” the crow reprimanded. Little brown bird tried to peep, but singing silly words made him happy. And then, the silliness spread.

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Dove and Cardinal sang, “Ickle, Zickle” and “Oobly, Snoobly.” Will Crow be able to join in the fun?

This story promotes individuality, creative-expression, originality, and imagination.

TITLE: Froodle

AUTHOR: Antionette Portis

ILLUSTRATOR: Antionette Portis

PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, creative expression, originality, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What might a lobster say? Pick an ending of a word that you like the sound of. Invent two two-syllable words and one four syllable word using the same ending so that all the words rhyme. For example, what might a seal say? Blorppy, Snorppy, Loopagorpy!

2) Make a list of all the silly things that you do. From your list, what is something silly that you do that perhaps no one else does?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Antionette Portis, visit:

http://www.antoinetteportis.com

“Create Your Own Land”

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Weslandia

         The only thing Wesley was good at was escaping his tormentors. As a summer project, Wesley grows a crop of plants. From this staple food crop, Wesley creates his own alternate world complete with all the components of a new civilization. When the curiosity of Wesley’s tormentors  gets the best of them, Wesley invites them to become part of Weslandia (named after Wesley, of course) and its culture. Weslandia promotes creativity, imaginative and wonderment as well as individuality.

TITLE: Weslandia

AUTHOR: Paul Fleischman

ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Hawkes

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 1999

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

As a whole group, discuss with the class what defines a civilization. (See list below for ideas.) Divide the class into small groups. Each group develops their own culture and civilization and presents their new country to the class.

List of Civilization Topics

staple food crop

games

clothing

products to sell

how to tell time

a counting system

tools

music/instruments

food dishes

language/alphabet

recorded history of the civilization

flag

customs

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Paul Fleischman, visit: http://www.paulfleischman.net

To learn more about illustrator Kevin Hawkes, visit: http://www.kevinhawkes.com/home.htm