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Trees

Trees”

Poet Verlie Hutchens has a gift for words that bring trees to life in such a way that readers can truly relate to.  

Read these lines: “Little Red Bud plays hide-and-seek,” “pink-purple giggles,” “Sycamore, the fashion queen, wears a jigsaw-puzzle gown…” and “White Pine, unruly uncle…”

Each tree’s unique personality and character is perfectly described, sometimes humorously.

Each tree is illustrated in its natural environment. Jing Jing Tsong’s illustrative technique combines traditional printmaking and digital collage.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I enjoy picturing the trees as the characters that the poet describes. I appreciate that the illustrations depict the trees as they would be found in nature, including animals and people. 

TITLE:Trees

POEMS by: Verlie Hutchens

ILLUSTRATOR: Jing Jing Tsong

PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): trees, poetry, personification

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a nature walk in your community. Observe the trees that you find along the way. Write a poem about one of the trees you found.

2) Practice your creative flexible thinking. Think up at least five answers to each of the following questions. How is a tree like a blanket? How is a tree like a bicycle? How is a tree like a star?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Verlie Hutchens, visit:

https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Verlie-Hutchens/502006236

To learn more about illustrator Jing Jing Tsong, visit:

https://www.jingjingtsong.com/about

Guess Who, Haiku

Guess Who, Haiku”

Guess Who, Haiku is a playful poetic guessing game.

Each haiku offers clues about different animals such as a cow, bird, horse, and dog for readers to guess.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, creative thinking skills, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of haiku and solving riddles. These haiku riddles challenge readers to see traditional animals in a different way. Additionally, I love the adorable animal illustrations.

TITLE: Guess Who, Haiku

AUTHOR: Deanna Caswell

ILLUSTRATOR: Bob Shea

PUBLISHER: Abrams Appleseed, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): poetry, riddles

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative thinking skills, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a riddle. Describe the object and what it can and/or cannot do. Here’s an example. I come in different colors and sizes. I am full of holes but I still hold water. What am I?

2) Make a list of springtime items. From your list, write a springtime haiku. When writing Haiku, the first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Deanna Caswell, visit:

https://www.kidsreads.com/authors/deanna-caswell

To learn more about illustrator Bob Shea, visit:

https://www.bobshea.com/about

Puzzlers

Puzzlers”

In Puzzlers, readers encounter a parade of animals made from colorful collages of numbers. Readers search collages for a unique trait such as a upside down number, a pair of numbers, the tallest number, and a sequence.

In addition to finding the numbers that make up this frog, find all the numbers that are backward.

In this colorful fish, find a number pattern.

In the final spread, readers find all the unique traits in an animal that no one ever has before seen.

In the back of the book, answers to each puzzler are included as well as other games that can be found in each puzzler.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, parts to whole, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because readers use their creative and critical thinking skills to discover the numbers (parts) that make up the animals (whole). 

TITLE: Puzzlers

AUTHOR: Suse MacDonald

ILLUSTRATOR: Bill Oakes

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): puzzles, animals, numbers

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: parts to whole, imagination, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw your own puzzler using one of your favorite animals, a unique number characteristic, and numbers.

2) Draw a puzzler using a form of transportation such as a bike, car or train with letters of the alphabet.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Suse MacDonald, visit:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/suse-macdonald/

To learn more about illustrator Bill Oakes, visit:

https://www.firehouse.org/visit-the-gallery/25-bill-oakes