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Drawn from Nature

Drawn from Nature”

Drawn from Nature, a beautifully crafted nonfiction picture book, combines illustrative text and artwork. Travel through a year of changing seasons with Helen Ahpornsiri’s art of transformed leaves, petals, and seeds into newly hatched ducklings, nut stashing squirrels, and bud-studded trees.

 

This story promotes creative components of nature, imagination, unique, parts to whole, and combination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  As a fan of arranging items in an unexpected way, I appreciate Helen Ahpornsiri’s ability to envision the placement of pressed flowers and leaves to masterfully create animals. Her intricate artwork combined with interesting, in-depth explanations of nature, animals, and the seasons makes for a beautifully informative children’s book.

TITLE: Drawn From Nature

ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Ahpornsiri

PUBLISHER: Big Picture Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 6-9

THEME(S)/TOPICS: nature, seasons, shapes

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, imagination, combination, unique, parts to whole

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What is your favorite season? List 10 reasons why it’s your favorite season. Use these reasons to create a song or poem that describes your season. In your song or poem, do not use the word of your chosen season. Instead, see if someone can guess what season you are writing about.

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Illustrator Artist Helen Ahpornsiri uses white space to evoke wonder within her collages. What do you imagine when you see this owl?

3) Illustrator Artist Helen Ahpornsiri uses real flowers and foliage, which are foraged or grown, then preserved with traditional flower-pressing methods to create her art. To create a collage, pick an animal that lives in or near your town. Next, choose an unusual medium such as pasta noodles, beans, or pebbles. Sort out the different shapes and colors of your medium. Sketch out your animal design. Using your medium, arrange and rearrange pieces to create your animal collage.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri, visit:

http://helenahpornsiri.com

To learn more about Helen Ahpornsiri’s art process, visit:

https://helenahpornsiri.com/about/

Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families

Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families”

Laura Purdie Salas’ nonfiction book, Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families celebrates different family systems while informing about each animal.

   

Laysan albatross chick lives with two moms.

Chinstrap penguins are raised by two dads.

An elephant calf (baby) grows up with his mama in a herd of only female elephants.

When ladybugs are born they do not  like their parents.

Just like animals have all different types of families, humans do, too!

Backmatter presents a table explaining the language used for mother and father based on the animals’ origin and a world map to locate where the animals live.

This story promotes creative components of different perspectives, nature, and diversity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because kids can find their families in the animal kingdom while learning to appreciate other family types. Readers can see the similarities and differences of the words mother and father to compare it to their native language.

TITLE: Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families

AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephanie Fizer Coleman

PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CONCEPTS: family, diversity, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspectives, diversity, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What is your definition of family? After reading the book, count the number of different family types. How is your family alike and different from the animal families?

2) Pick two animals from countries different than the country you live in. What are your animals’ families like? How would you say “family” in the language of the countries your animals live in?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Laura Purdie Salas, visit:

http://laurasalas.com/how-laura-became-a-writer/

To learn more about illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman, visit:

http://stephaniefizercoleman.com/artist-info/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Summer Monster

Creative Thinking Prompt: Summer Monster

Create a Summertime Monster.

First, list all the facts that you know about summer.

Grab a clump of clay. Mush it as you think about your summertime facts.

Next, think about traits of a monster. (Your monster can be cute or scary.)

Now take some of your summer facts and combine it with some of your monster traits to create a Summer Monster.

How does your Summer Monster help Nature during Summer? Name your monster.