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Christmas Wombat

Christmas Wombat”

Wombat lives in Australia. His favorite pastimes are scratching, sleeping, digging, and especially, eating carrots.

Wombat encounters strange creatures. He battles them…

…and wins the carrots.

After settling down for a nap on the back of Santa’s sleigh, Wombat travels the world. Along the way, he encounters more strange creatures and lots of carrots. Humor accompanies every page turn.

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s exceptional humor and unique storyline.

TITLE: Christmas Wombat

AUTHOR: Jackie French

ILLUSTRATOR: Bruce Whatley

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): Christmas, carrots

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What other animals love to eat carrots? How might that animal “win” carrots from reindeer?

2) Invent a joke or riddle about wombat.

3) What is one of your family’s Christmas traditions (if you celebrate)? How might a wombat fit into your tradition?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie French, visit:

http://www.jackiefrench.com/about-jackie

To learn more about illustrator Bruce Whatley, visit:

http://brucewhatley.com/home-1/

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C”

Not your typical alphabet story, Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C, is a book created with Letter Art, which means every picture is composed of the letters of its name.

Readers will spell their way through New York with rhyming text and illustrations that showcase iconic structures,

famous people,

and yes, squirrels.

Each illustration is an artwork of its own.

This story promotes creative components of creativity, originality, and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s orginality and creative way of learning alphabet letters and then, combining that with facts and features about New York.

TITLE: Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): New York, different fonts, alphabet

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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

2) Using your favorite letter of the alphabet, create a list of different fonts. Next, create a picture using those fonts of your letter.

3) Write a caption about a place, person, or thing that represents something about the town you live in.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Maree Coote visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

A Stone for Sascha

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

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Aaron Becker, visit:

http://www.storybreathing.com/about-aaron/

Watch the trailer and the story behind the making this book:

http://www.storybreathing.com/a-stone-for-sascha/