Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.
When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony,
he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.
This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.
TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci
AUTHOR: J. Rutland
ILLUSTRATOR: J. Rutland
PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019
AGE GROUP: 4-7
TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci
Today, April 15th, 2016, Leonardo da Vinci turns 564 years old!
Leonardo, a creative thinker, possessed many talents. Most of all, he was curious! In honor of his birthday today, do something inventish, scuplturish, mathematicish, paintish, naturish, or scientificish!
“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”
Curiosity seeker Leonardo da Vinci observed nature fanatically, taking notes and drawing sketches in his notebooks. Da Vinci’s nature observations lead him to design inventions that were ahead of his time. His observations of birds and their wing structures inspired Da Vinci to design a plane and a parachute.
Many of Da Vinci’sdesigns weren’t able to come to fruition because the materials needed to make his inventions weren’t available during his lifetime.
Your challenge is to observe nature – the plants, trees, water sources, and wildlife. Make a list of attributes for each item you observe. From your list, combine two attributes to inspire an invention design of your own.
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