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Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

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

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator J. Rutland visit:

Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday

Leonardo da Vinci

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!

Be Creativish!

Celebrate by reading a little bit about him at http://www.biography.com/people/leonardo-da-vinci-40396

See my previous post on Leonardo da Vinci at http://annkelleywriter.com/index.php/2016/03/04/creative-thinking-prompt-nature-inspired-designs/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

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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.

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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.

Think Deeper:

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To learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, check out this book:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1579129463/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

To read about other animal inspired inventions, visit:

http://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/nature-inspired-inventions/