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“Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!”

In this level 2 graphic novel, follow Benjamin Bear as he and his friend, Rabbit, “challenge” each other resulting in funny endings. (Level 2 denotes easy-to-read comics for emerging readers.)

This book promotes the creative components of humor and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is fun for all ages to read. The title caught my attention and I wondered how an author would use creative thinking in a comic book/graphic novel. I really enjoyed seeing how Benjamin Bear manages to make the best of a situation while offering a fresh, humorous perspective. 

TITLE: Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!

AUTHOR: Philippe Coudray

ILLUSTRATOR: Philippe Coudray

PUBLISHER: Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013

AGE GROUP:  1stand 2ndgrades

TOPIC(S): problem-solving alternate solutions, comics

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent a joke and then draw a 3-4 panel comic strip that illustrates your joke.

2) Take one of the comics from the book and brainstorm alternate endings.

3) Write a story about two friends who compete in a friendly competition. How do the friends handle conflict?

4) Want to read more Benjamin Bear? Read Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Philippe Coudray, visit:

https://www.philippe-coudray.com

To use comic creator, visit:

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/games-tools/comic-creator-a-30237.html

New York Melody

New York Melody”

In New York Melody, written and illustrated by Hélène Druvert, a musical note goes on an adventurous spree through New York City.

The concert begins. One note flies around like kite and secretly floats away. 

Broadway is twinkling with a jazz club sound. The note rides on the rhythm of the instruments.

The music plays through night. At dawn, the note awakes to a guitar’s sweet tune in Central Park and follows a cyclist, who whistles the song through the streets of New York City. 

This story promotes creative components of imagination, wonder, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the illustrations inspire my imagination to be the musical note and float along on its journey. I pretend to be the note and imagine what I would feel, see and hear. I imagine what it would be like to be a musical note in other cities and in small towns. 

TITLE:New York Melody

AUTHOR: HélèneDruvert

ILLUSTRATOR: HélèneDruvert

PUBLISHER: Thames & Huson, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): music, New York City

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hélène Druvert’s illustrative process uses lasers to cut her detailed paper illustrations.Read this interview and watch the brief video (enclosed in the interview). http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2017/01/lets-talk-helene-druvert.html

Using Druvert’s work as inspiration, draw an image of your favorite animal in a favorite storybook setting and cut it out as an illustrative scene for that story.

2) Make a list of all the instruments you have heard being played. From your list, pick one instrument and imagine the note that it would play. Pretend you are that note and travel to another city. What would you hear? What would you do?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hélène Druvert, visit:

http://helenedruvert.net

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