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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth”

Stewart’s sweet tooth screams for cake and candy. It’s constantly getting him in trouble. School detention slip #432. Easter chocolate bunnies never had a chance nor did the wedding cake.

Sweet Tooth yells and demands for more and more sweets. Finally Stewart gets fed up and feeds him peas.

But Sweet Tooth won’t give in. At the biggest baseball game of the season, Stewart is going to win the game for his team but his tooth interferes. Stewart marches home and grabs a carrot.

CRUNCH! Sweet Tooth falls out. He’s the Tooth Fairy’s problem now.

This book promotes imagination, humor and creativity.

TITLE: Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Margie Palatini

ILLUSTRATOR: Jack E. Davis

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster, 2004

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, humor, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Instead of having a sweet tooth, you have a savory tooth. What might your tooth say? What foods might your tooth crave?

2) Study the shapes of teeth. What types of food does each shape remind you of? Substitute a food for each tooth to make a collage of a mouth full of food teeth.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Margie Palatini, visit:

http://www.margiepalatini.com

To learn more about illustrator Jack E. Davis, visit:

http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Jack-E-Davis/1809686

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