An oldie but a goodie, Imogene’s Antlers still delivers a creative, entertaining story after being published 32 years old ago.
Opening line: “On Thursday, when Imogene woke up she found she had grown antlers.”
While family and friends help to rid Imogene of her antlers, Imogene takes a different approach and uses her antlers for other purposes.
Watch for the clever story ending.
This book promotes imagination, wonder and creative problem solving.
TITLE: Imogene’s Antlers
AUTHOR: David Small
ILLUSTRATOR: David Small
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishers, 1985
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, creative problem solving
1) When you have finished reading the book, continue Imogene’s story by writing about what happens next.
2) In addition to Imogene’s creative solutions, what else could she use her antlers for? Try to think up at least five more uses.
3) If you were to discover that you woke up with an animal body part, what body part would it be, how would you react, and what could you use that additional part for?
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“What Pete Ate A – Z”
WHAT PETE ATE A – Z is not your typical alphabet book! This ABC story follows Pete the Dog as he devours a myriad of things, which he shouldn’t eat such as an accordion, a camera, a pocketbook, and everything to make an egg sandwich. Doesn’t Pete know the difference between edible and inedible?
The letter “G.”
Here’s Pete! What a dog!
This book promotes humor, creativity, imagination, and originality.
TITLE: What Pete Ate A – Z
AUTHOR: Maira Kalman
ILLUSTRATOR: Maira Kalman
PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creativity, originality, imagination
1) Pick a letter from the alphabet. Brainstorm a list of inedible items that Pete the Dog could eat. Now write a tongue twister about Pete eating some of those items.
2) What happens to Pete at the end of the book after he’s eaten all those inedible things? Write an ending to Pete’s alphabet eating journey.
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Cat and Yarn are best friends.
They are inseparable. But Girl takes Yarn away.
When Yarn returns, he has changed a lot. Cat is mad!
Can they ever be friends again?
This book promotes adaptability, humor, and originality.
TITLE: Cat Knit
AUTHOR: Jacob Grant
ILLUSTRATOR: Jacob Grant
PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends Book, 2016
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: adaptability, humor, originality
1) Use an unusual material to make friendship bracelets to hand out to your friends.
2) In what other ways can yarn be used? Brainstorm a list of ways that yarn can be used.
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In Fish, a wordless picture book, a boy and his dog fish for letters, F, I, S, and H. They throw back the letters they don’t need.
When a storm of Bs and triangle sharks attack, the boy loses his fish.
Eventually, they catch the letters they need and head to the race. There’s a surprise ending.
This book promotes original, creative, and unconventional thinking.
AUTHOR: Liam Francis Walsh
ILLUSTRATOR: Liam Francis Walsh
PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press, 2016
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, unconventional, creative
1) If you could fish for anything in the world, what would you fish for? How would you bait your hook to catch your “fish”? What would you use for bait? What would you do with your caught “fish”?
2) Rewrite the story replacing the letters for numbers. What purpose do the numbers serve that your main character catches? How will your main character use the numbers s/he catches?
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“All Year Round”
In All Year Round, author Susan Katz creates whimsical, rhyming poems that teach shapes, seasons, and the twelve months of the year – all rolled into one. Each month is paired with a shape. March is paired with an oval.
July and summer are paired with a rectangle.
Eiko Ojala’s 3-D illustrations make you want to jump into the book.
This book promotes concepts, making connections, nature and flexible thinking.
TITLE: All Year Round
AUTHOR: Susan Katz
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiko Ojala
PUBLISHER: Orchard Books, 2016
AGE GROUP: 3-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, nature, making connections
1) What’s your favorite shape? What is your favorite month of the year? Connect your shape and month – what do they share in common?
2) How many shapes can you think of? Brainstorm for at least ten minutes, making a list of all the shapes you can think up. Pick six shapes from your list and use them together to form an image.
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