“Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems”
PoetJack Prelutsky combines his love of words and his creativity to produce a new collection of never before seen specimens. Come meet the Bluffaloes, the Swapitis, the Fountain Lions, the Slobsters and twelve other new creatures.
This book promotes creativity, combination, originality, and imagination.
TITLE: Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems
AUTHOR: Jack Prelutsky
ILLUSTRATOR: Carin Berger
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2012
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, combination, originality, imagination
1) Open a dictionary to a random page. Close your eyes and place your finger somewhere on the page. Write down the word and its definition closest to your finger. Repeat this process. Re-read the definitions of your two words. What images come to mind? How might you pair these together? Invent a new species from combining your two words. Give your species a name. Write a poem describing your creature.
2) Create a class book of these new species. OR Have students develop their species into 3D specimens that can be displayed as a classroom exhibit.
To learn more about author Jack Prelutsky, visit:
To learn more about illustrator Carin Berger, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Sound Story
Begin by collecting sounds. Go on a nature walk. Record the sounds you hear.
Listen to songs of instrumental music. Which instruments remind you of the nature sounds you heard?
Walk around your town or city. Record sounds. How do the sounds you heard in a city environment differ from the sounds you heard in a countryside?
Write a short song story about yourself, using the sounds you have collected to represent you instead of words.
To add more nature sounds and other sounds to your sound library, visit:
To listen to sounds of instruments, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander
Pairing his two university degrees, one in physics and one in fine arts, Paul Friedlander, a kinetic light artist, creates sculptures from bands of light waves. He explores visible waves that have expressive power, a music of light as he calls it.
Listen to Paul speak about his process in this short Youtube video:
Creative Thinking Prompt: How might you create a light sculpture using flashlights or other materials of your choice?
To learn more about Paul Friedlander and view his gallery, visit:
To view more of his light sculptures, visit: