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A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down

“A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down”

In this poetry picture book, poetry is turned on its head. Some poems are meant to be read from the bottom up while others are meant to be read from the top to the bottom. Readers need to figure out whether the poem should be read up or down.

Read up or down?

Read down or up?

Illustrations marry beautifully with the up and down poems to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

This book promotes creative components of perspective and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the poem structure adds depth to the meaning of each poem. I adore the illustrations, which also bring another layer to reading these poems.

TITLE: A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down

AUTHOR: Dana Jensen

ILLUSTRATOR: Tricia Tusa

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: perspective, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Think of things that fall or rise up. Pick one of these things and write a “skinny” poem where the reader has to figure out whether to read it up or read it down.

2) Let’s turn things around. Think of things that are long in length. For example, a semi-truck is long.  Write a short poem about your long item by writing it lengthwise – one long line.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Dana Jensen, visit:

A webpage for Dana Jensen could not be located, but here is a little bit about him: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-meal-of-the-stars-dana-jensen/1110914062

To learn more about illustrator Tricia Tusa, visit:

http://www.triciatusa.com/about

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv

A Web

A Web”

Follow a black spider

as she observes her environment

and collects seeds,

and insects,

and flowers

and leaves

to weave a masterpiece of her landscape view (at the end of the book).

This book promotes creative components of nature and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this creative nonfiction book because it informs the reader of various insects, seeds, leaves, and flowers in great detail while showing items from the spider’s perspective.

TITLE: A Web

AUTHOR: Isabelle Simler

ILLUSTRATOR: Isabelle Simler

PUBLISHER: Peter Pauper Press, Inc., 2018

Originally published in France, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): spider, habitat, insects

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a nature walk around your backyard or front yard. Observe from a bird’s eye view and an ant’s eye view. Which things pique your curiosity? Pick one to learn more about and go to your library to check out books on your subject.

2) Create a masterpiece of you. Sit on your bedroom floor and observe all around you. Which things would you choose to create a masterpiece of your face? Take pictures of these or sketch them. On a larger sheet of paper, lightly outline (sketch) your face shape. Using the sketches of your room items, arrange them to create a masterpiece of your face.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Isabelle Simler, visit:

http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2018/12/lets-talk-illustrators-92-isabelle.html