“A Stone for Sascha”
A summer vacation is different for a young girl and her family without their beloved dog.
As the girl throws rocks into the ocean, she wonders and discovers a truth across the ages. A meteorite strikes Earth. This rock changes hands through many eras, becoming an important part of different civilizations.
Finally it lands at the bottom of the ocean and washes ashore to become something again.
A beautiful wordless story that deals with grief and how things never truly disappear.
This book promotes imagination, originality, and courage.
TITLE: A Stone for Sascha
AUTHOR: Aaron Becker
ILLUSTRATOR: Aaron Becker
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2018
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality, courage
1) Name one thing that goes on forever. How is the thing able to keep going on? What happens to this thing as time goes on? Does it change as it goes?
2) What else can a stone do? Brainstorm a list of ideas. Pick one of your ideas and change it into a story that can help someone.
To learn more about author/illustrator Aaron Becker, visit:
Watch the trailer and the story behind the making this book:
Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?
Here is a plain, boring ice cube tray. Let’s change it into something else.
What else can you use it for?
Brainstorm a list of ways an ice cube tray could be used.
Here are a few to get you started: storing buttons, sorting items, make edible treats with “hidden” frozen treasures inside them, a water collector, a part for a new invention
There’s a shark floating in my drink! If you could change an ice cube’s shape, what shape would it be? What would you use it for?
How could you use this tray of ice cubes to teach someone about the United States?
Pretend you are planning a birthday party for a worm, how else could an ice cube tray used?
Write a short story, using an ice cube as the main character. Besides melting, what else could your ice cube main character’s problem?
Have a cool day!
Creative Thinking Prompt: Doughnuts!
Yummy! Today is National Doughnut Day!
Imagine you are the Lochness Monster, a centaur, a mermaid or a unicorn enjoying a delicious doughnut. What part of that doughnut do you enjoy eating the most? The flavor, the frosting, what’s inside the doughnut, etc.
Create a new doughnut for an imaginary creature.
What will the flavor be? How does the flavor connect to your creature?
What type of frosting or glaze will you use?
What will the shape of your doughnut be – a fritter, a jelly-filled, a cake, a longjohn, or something else?
What decorations will you add?
What will you name your new creation?
Did you know that the doughnut was created on a ship? Read The Hole Story of the Doughnut, a picture book written by Pat Miller, to learn how the doughnut came into existence.