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
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?
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