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Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale

“Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale”

Intro: “In a huge haunted house – with room enough for four, there lived three Scares: Papa Scare, Mama Scare, and Baby Scare.”

Papa brews up a batch of Alpha-Bat soup. Mama works in her lab. And Baby sweeps bats from the tower. 

Moldilocks sleepwalks through the cemetery, following the wafting scent of soup to the haunted house. While the soup cools, the Scares take a walk.

Moldilocks sits in their chairs, slurps their soup, and sleeps in their beds to find just the right one.

Upon returning home, the Scares discover someone has been in their home. What will happen when they discover Moldilocks? Read the story to learn the heartfelt ending.

This book promotes creative components of different perspective and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I am a big fan of fractured fairy tales and this tale is full of originality and heart.  

TITLE: Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale

AUTHOR: Lynne Marie

ILLUSTRATOR:David Rodriguez Lorenzo

PUBLISHER: Sterling Children’s Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): fractured fairy tale, family, belonging

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspective, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What things do you and your family do before a guest arrives? Pretend you have invited a monster to your house for dinner. In what ways do you make your strange guest feel at home?

2) Create a monster family. What types of monsters would be in your family? Who would be the mom, the dad, any siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins? Don’t forget pets, if you want them.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Lynne Marie, visit:

http://www.literallylynnemarie.com/ABOUT.html

To learn more about illustrator David Rodriguez Lorenzo, visit:

https://davidlorenzoillustration.com/Contacto-About-and-contact

Lines That Wiggle

“Lines That Wiggle”

Follow the glittery line 

that runs through this picture book 

and turns itself into all kinds of things.

In this rhyming story, readers discover lines are found in everyday objects. 

Also, readers can trace the sparkly cursive line with their fingers because it is textured and raised. 

This book promotes creative components of flexible thinking and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows all sorts of things that a line can be. Readers can experience this book through their tactile and visual senses.

TITLE: Lines That Wiggle

AUTHOR: Candace Whitman

ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Wilson

PUBLISHER: Blue Apple Books, 2009

AGE GROUP: 3-5

TOPIC(S): lines, forms and shapes

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a squiggle. Have someone transform your squiggle into an image.

2) Draw all sorts of lines – wavy, straight, zig zag, loop-de-loop, etc. Imagine what could be at the end of those lines. 

3) “Lines are everywhere you look so find some lines not in this book!” Look around you. What lines did you discover?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Candace Whitman, visit:

https://www.candacewhitman.com/bio

To learn more about illustrator Steve Wilson, visit:https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/steve-wilson/

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