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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

The One-Stop Story Shop

The One-Stop Story Shop”

One day a knight seeks out a dragon to battle. When he arrives at the dragon’s lair, the knight finds a note that informs him that the dragon is on a two- week vacation. Without a dragon to fight, the knight’s story is stuck.  Luckily, he happens upon The One-Stop Story Shop, where characters, plots, wigs, wands, and more are available.

Soon the knight and his ferret sidekick are having different adventures such The Starry-Space-Chase Adventure and The Hold-on-to-Your-Hats Cowboy Adventure. But these tales aren’t quite right. Finally, the knight embarks on an underwater adventure that has everything he wants – a gallant horse, a mysterious cave, treasure, and a terrible beast to fight.

When the dragon returns home early from his vacation ready to battle, the knight realizes that there is a world of stories waiting for him, and declares, “No, thanks!”

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for many reasons: the catchy title that uses alliteration, the overall story that encompasses smaller stories, and the ending twist. But most of all, I enjoyed this book for its clever, unusual fairy tale adventures. 

TITLE: The One-Stop Story Shop

AUTHOR: Tracey Corderoy

ILLUSTRATOR: Tony Neal

PUBLISHER: Tiger Tales, 2019

AGE GROUP:  5-7

TOPIC(S): adventure storytelling, fairy tales

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of your favorite characters from books, movies, or cartoons. Pick one character to be your main character and one character to be a secondary character. Write an adventure story about them using alternate settings.

2) What elements make up a fairy tale? Pretend you are the main character in a fairy tale of your choice. What things can you use from your life to make your fairy tale a modern day fairy tale? Write your fairy tale adventure.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tracey Corderoy, visit:

http://www.traceycorderoy.com/about

To learn more about illustrator Tony Neal, visit: http://tonyneal.co.uk