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Guess Who, Haiku

Guess Who, Haiku”

Guess Who, Haiku is a playful poetic guessing game.

Each haiku offers clues about different animals such as a cow, bird, horse, and dog for readers to guess.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, creative thinking skills, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of haiku and solving riddles. These haiku riddles challenge readers to see traditional animals in a different way. Additionally, I love the adorable animal illustrations.

TITLE: Guess Who, Haiku

AUTHOR: Deanna Caswell

ILLUSTRATOR: Bob Shea

PUBLISHER: Abrams Appleseed, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): poetry, riddles

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative thinking skills, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a riddle. Describe the object and what it can and/or cannot do. Here’s an example. I come in different colors and sizes. I am full of holes but I still hold water. What am I?

2) Make a list of springtime items. From your list, write a springtime haiku. When writing Haiku, the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Deanna Caswell, visit:

https://www.kidsreads.com/authors/deanna-caswell

To learn more about illustrator Bob Shea, visit:

https://www.bobshea.com/about

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:

Snow Music

Snow Music”

Do you hear it? 

Peht. 

Peht. 

Peht. 

Snow is falling. 

Follow a deer and a lost then found dog as they wander through this musical snow-covered world in Snow Music. 

Author/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins creates music bars for snowballs, dog tags, and snow plows that tickle the imagination. 

Sing along as if you were in the car slushing through the snow.

This story promotes creative components of originality and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for how the author/illustrator immerses and interacts with the reader to bring the reader into this musical snowy world in such an original way.

TITLE:Snow Music

AUTHOR: Lynne Rae Perkins

ILLUSTRATOR: Lynne Rae Perkins

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2000

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): rhyme, snow, music

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What sounds do you hear in your neighborhood when snow is falling? What sounds do you hear in your neighborhood when snow is melting? Using onomatopoeia to describe your sounds, have someone guess what makes that sound?  Onomatopoeia is a word created from the sound it is describing. For example, sniff sounds like when someone sniffs through his nose.

2) Sing along to a song about snow.

3) What would the sound of snow falling sound like to a deer or rabbit whose ears are shaped definitely than human ears?

4) Like the author/illustrator did in the story, write music bars for the things related to winter activities such as skiing, ice skating, or sledding.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins, visit: