One day Dog follows Legs (who becomes his owner) home from the park. Dog cleans up the floor after Legs and licks his hands clean. They make a great pair until Toes comes home with Legs. Dog doesn’t know what to think about two more feet. “I guess there’s room for four feet,” Dog thinks. Then Boots shows up. And then more feet show up. And more. What’s a dog to do?
From beneath the dining table, Dog tells of his growing family life from his dog-eye point of view. Full of humor and rhyme, read to discover the surprise ending.
This book promotes creativity, originality, and different perspective.
TITLE: Doggone Feet!
AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski
ILLUSTRATOR: Leslie Helakoski
PUBLISHER: Boyds Mills Press, 2013
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, different perspective, originality
1) Pick an animal and “see” the world through its eyes. Remember if it’s a small animal the world will look enormous and vice versa for a larger animal. Roleplay – behave like that animal. Now pick an object. How might that object “see” the world around him?
2) Challenge yourself to keep an open-mind when you come across something that you don’t think you’ll like. For example, I didn’t think that I would like to eat baked asparagus with cream cheese but I ended up really liking it. Now it’s a favorite of mine. But if you end up not liking what you try, it’s okay. You experienced it!
To learn more about author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski, visit:
Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Y888XmPh0
©Chul Hyun Ahn
Creative Thinking Prompt: Infinite Space Defined
How do you define space? How might you show (represent) space?
South Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn enjoys exploring how to define infinite space through his art. He creates portal-looking sculptures using light, mirrors, color and illusion.
Images©Chul Hyun Ahn
Think Deeper: Ponder this – If something is infinite, does it have a center point?
Adam Hillman, SpaghettiOOOOOOOOO, 2016
Creative Thinking Prompt: Knolling
Knolling is defined as arranging objects at 90 degree angles from each other and then photographing them. American sculptor Tom Sachs uses knolling as an integral part to his process. He describes the process of knolling in his 2009 studio manual, 10 Bullets.
- Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
- Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
- Group all ‘like’ objects.
- Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.
Object Arranger Artist Adam Hillman creates his artwork using knolling. By carefully arranging items, he makes colorful compositions and then photographs them.
Images ©Adam Hillman
Think Deeper: Try your hand at knolling. Collect objects from around your home that share a common trait and arrange them using 90 degree angles.
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