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Before After

“Before After”

Before After, a wordless book of opposites, elevates opposite storytelling to another level. This book gives readers pause to think as they digest the cause and effect relationship between the before and after pictures.

This nice thick book offers lots of pairings to explore.

This book promotes creative components of nature, cause and effect, and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is not your typical opposite book and makes readers think about what happened that caused the after picture. This book would provide great discussions between child and caregiver as they read the pictures together.

TITLE: Before After

ILLUSTRATORS: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui 

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): cause and effect

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a picture of one of your favorite things in nature. This will be your before picture. Think about what different things can happen to your nature item. Pick one and draw your after picture. Share with a friend.

2) Let’s work backwards or do the reverse by first drawing the after picture and then drawing the before picture of another favorite nature item.

3) Pick a plant, animal, or tree. Next draw its life cycle in stages.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Anne-Margot Ramstein, visit:

https://cargocollective.com/anne-margot

To learn more about illustrator Matthias Arégui, visit: 

https://www.matthiasaregui.com

My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

“My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil”

When Grandma comes to visit, she asks her granddaughter about school. Instead of replying with the same boring answers, the girl draws portraits, adding special details using objects that show what makes each person special.

Who is her favorite teacher? 

Take a guess. 

An art teacher as colorful as a box of crayons.

This story promotes the creative components of originality and creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes familiar objects and uses them to create something unfamiliar yet familiar at the same time. People of all ages can try this art technique.

TITLE: My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

AUTHOR: Hanoch Piven

ILLUSTRATOR: Hanoch Piven

PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): art

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Like author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, create an object portrait of one of your friends, using collected objects from around your home that would show your friend’s personality. 

2) Make a greeting card for a friend using different objects.

3) Create a self-portrait using different objects. Have a friend create an object portrait of you. Compare portraits.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, visit:

http://www.pivenworld.com

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!”

Brenna Maloney brings her background with stuffed sock creations to her first children’s book, Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!Sewn out of a striped sock with inked facial expressions,Ready Rabbit needs to get ready for the day, and this bunny’s imagination is on the go. 

Before he completes a task, bunny needs to build a spaceship, 

save an incapacitated whale, 

and drive a stagecoach. 

Will Ready Rabbit ever get ready?

This story promotes creative components of originality and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is a celebration of a child’s imagination. The character is original with his stuffed body and inked facial expressions. Humor abounds in this cute story that all children and caregivers can appreciate.

TITLE:Ready Rabbit Get Ready!

AUTHOR: Brenna Maloney

Photographs by: Chuck Kennedy

PUBLISHER: Viking, 2005

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): getting ready for the day, imagination

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make Feeling Puppets. Write a list of emotions. Pick five emotions. Color five paper plates yellow. Draw a different face on each plate that shows the five emotions. Tape a popsicle stick to the back of each plate. 

2) Pick one of your stuffed animals. How might you move your stuffie to show different feelings?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Brenna Maloney, visit:

https://www.brennamaloneydc.com/work-2