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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 Dance of the Violin

The Dance of the Violin”

From the time he was very young, Joshua Bell loved music.

He hears stories in songs and envisions them in his head as he plays his violin.

Joshua begs to compete at a competition for more experienced musicians.

He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests is too difficult, but Joshua is determined. At the competition, Joshua begins to play, and almost immediately, he makes a mistake, then another and another.

He stops playing. As he is about to walk off the stage, he asks the judges if he could try again. They agree. This time, instead of focusing on playing perfectly, Joshua envisions the song story in his head and plays seamlessly.

Based on a true story, at age twelve, Joshua Bell competed and placed third at Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, his first competition. He was one of the youngest musicians there. The next year he placed first.

This book promotes traits of a creative person, originality, passionate, perseverance, and creative talent.

TITLE: The Dance of the Violin

AUTHOR: Kathy Stinson

ILLUSTRATOR: Dušan Petričić

PUBLISHER: Annick Press Ltd., 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, originality, passionate, creative talent, perseverance

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) How do you learn from making a mistake? How might you inspire others to learn from their mistakes?

2) What is something that you love doing? How might you share your interest with others?

3) Listen to this clip of Joshua Bell’s violin playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C-ukopBX6g

Imagine you are the conductor. How would you move your body to conduct Joshua Bell? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kathy Stinson, visit:

https://kathystinson.com/about-kathy-stinson/biography/

To learn more about illustrator Dušan Petričić, visit:

http://www.annickpress.com/author/Duan-Petrii

To learn more about Joshua Bell, visit:

http://joshuabell.com