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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

“The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling”

Captain Alfred sails home with new ducks for his farm and a special gift for his wife, a duck egg nestled in his fiddle case, when an unexpected storm overturns his boat.

In the deep fog, the little duckling Alfred hatches alone. 

When Alfred discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle floating near him, he embraces it with all his heart, and it unexpectedly makes a beautiful sound. 

Alfred and the fiddle land on shore where they encounter a beast, who dances to their music. The beast is a dog who belongs to Captain Alfred’s wife. 

Alfred plays and plays. Who do you think hears his beautiful music?

You must read this book to find out.

This book promotes creative components of being original, unique, and passionate.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering’s creative storytelling intricately weaves unusual characters, an unexpected setting, and a heartfelt plot.

TITLE: The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

AUTHOR: Timothy Basil Ering

ILLUSTRATOR: Timothy Basil Ering

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): love, embracing one’s true passion

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: being original, unique, and passionate

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Imagine you have a special egg. Draw a picture of your egg as it hatches? What might hatch from your egg? What special talent does your hatchling have?

2) Make a list of twenty nouns (people, places, things). Write each noun on a slip of paper. Fold the papers and put in a bag. Shake the bag. Pull out five pieces of paper. Create a story that involves all five items.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering, visit: http://timbasilering.com/index.php/bio/

The Snow Rabbit

“The Snow Rabbit”

In this wordless picture book, two sisters watch the falling snow and an adventure begins.

One sister ventures outside to build a snow rabbit. She carries it back inside to share with her sister. When the rabbit begins to melt, the sisters head outside.

As soon as the rabbit feels the cold snow, it hops away. The sisters chase it further into the dark woods where the wheelchair gets stuck in the deep snow.

Scared, they huddle together until a larger-than-life white rabbit springs towards them. Read the book to discover this heartfelt ending.

The cut-paper illustrations are so beautifully crafted that no text is needed to tell this story, only a reader’s imagination.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and compassion.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because its paper-crafted illustrations seamlessly tell a story while allowing the reader’s imagination to “read” the story.

TITLE: The Snow Rabbit

AUTHOR: Camille Garoche

ILLUSTRATOR: Camille Garoche

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): winter, sibling relationship, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, empathy

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own snow rabbit using only paper and scissors. 

2) Make paper snowflakes. For easy instructions, visit https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/seasons/winter/paper-snowflakes/

3) Try your hand at making an origami rabbit by visiting https://www.origami-resource-center.com/easy-origami-rabbit.html.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Camille Garoche, visit:

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=https://camille.garoche.me/&prev=search

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever”

No one had wanted Sterling for very long. When the Butlery Cutlery Company advertises shipping to all the best homes, Sterling is determined to be the best fork ever.

He did his best to be a handy and useful fork but one day the family eats with their fingers. To avoid being sent back to the company, Sterling tries to be useful by being a whisk, a lamp, and a paper towel holder.

At the dog park, Sterling still tries to be useful by behaving like a stick. The family’s daughter wants Sterling to just be himself. Will Sterling ever figure out who he is?

Delightful end pages show Sterling posing as other objects.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Sterling’s character and his humorous ability to adapt himself into other objects. And as always, I appreciate the theme – you are your best by just being yourself.

TITLE: Sterling, Best ForkDog Ever

AUTHOR: Aidan Cassie

ILLUSTRATOR: Aidan Cassie

PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): family, finding a home, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What animal shape might resemble a spoon? Sketch out your animal spoon. What other items can your animal imitate?

2) Think about a spatula. List other ways might a spatula be used.

3) Caricatures are drawings that emphasize features that can be exaggerated. For example, if someone has a prominent nose, the caricature drawing would show an extremely large nose. Try your hand at drawing a dog caricature. For inspiration, visit: http://www.fredeyer.net/pets.htm

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Aidan Cassie, visit:

http://aidancassie.com

Visit https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374306144to see more images of this story.