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The Gift of Nothing

“The Gift of Nothing”

It is a special day. Mooch wants to give a gift to his best friend, Earl, but what do you give someone who already has a bowl, a bed and a chewy toy? 

 

Nothing.

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Mooch searches and searches until he finally finds…

 

This sweet book reminds us that the simplest “nothings” are  the best gifts.

This book promotes sharing and different perspective.

TITLE: The Gift of Nothing

AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell

ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell

PUBLISHER: Little Brown Company, 2005

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: sharing, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) How is an empty box be a gift? What would you do if you received an empty box?

2) Love is something that cannot be seen. Or can it? In what ways do you show love?

3) The symbol for love is a heart. What symbol would you create to represent friendship?

4) What does love sound like, smell like, taste like, feel like and look like? Using your answers to these sensory questions, write a poem about love.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, visit:

http://www.mutts.com/about-patrick#

Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka

ILLUSTRATOR: Simone Shin

PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Bob Raczka, visit:

http://www.bobraczka.com/about/

To learn more about Simone Shin, visit:

http://simoneshin.com

Paul Meets Bernadette

Paul Meets Bernadette”

Paul swims around and around in big circles and little circles. He swims to the left and to the right. He swims up and down, down and up until…

…Bernadette drops in and shows Paul a world filled with so many interesting things.

  

“Do you see those tall buildings over there?” says Bernadette.

Textured oil paintings beautifully illustrate the mundane changing into something unusual.

This book promotes originality, perspective, imagination, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Paul Meets Bernadette

AUTHOR: Rosy Lamb

ILLUSTRATOR: Rosy Lamb

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2013

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, imagination, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of things that you see at lunch. Pick 10 items. For each item, list what else it could be. For example, a sandwich is a raft for ants (raisins) to float down the river (split milk).

2) Imagine you are a bird flying about your day. What might you encounter? Now using your imagination, elaborate on those encounters, what might those things become? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Rosy Lamb, visit:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/60472-fall-2013-flying-starts-rosy-lamb.html