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Pocket Full of Colors






Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire”

Mary Blair liked to collect colors. After attending art school, she was one of the first women to be hired by Walt Disney Studios. When Mary turned her work in, her ideas were rejected. She didn’t follow the black and white rules. But Walt Disney liked Mary’s art and invited her on a business trip to Brazil.

      In Brazil, Mary discovered vibrant colors.

This time some of Mary’s ideas were accepted but most were still too modern or abstract. Mary decided to leave her job.

Then one day Walt Disney asked Mary to work for him again. Mary did so with a request of her own – to be in charged. Mary designed the colorful ride, It’s A Small World.

This story promotes inventiveness, creativity, following one’s passion, taking risks, and creative person.

TITLE: Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

AUTHOR: Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

ILLUSTRATOR: Brigette Barrrager

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: inventiveness, creativity, following one’s passion, taking risks, creative person


1) Invent your own version of a color wheel, using colors you find that interest you. Instead of using the color itself like a smudge or paint stroke of a color, find images or things that show that color and use these to create your unique color wheel.

2) Start a collection of colors. When you have collected five things that represent a single color or shade of color, assemble those objects together to create a work of art.


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Meet the Claymates, two balls of clay that can become anything.

When the artist leaves the room, what could possibly go wrong?

Continue reading Claymates

If You’re A Monster And You Know It

“If You’re A Monster And You Know It

 Snort, growl, stomp, twitch! Be a monster! Sing to this book’s catchy tune, “If You’re A Monster And You Know It”.

If you’re a monster and you know it, snort and growl.

If you’re a monster and you know it, wiggle your warts.

This book promotes imagination.

TITLE: If You’re A Monster And You Know It

AUTHOR: Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley

ILLUSTRATOR: Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley

PUBLISHER: Orchard Books, 2010




1) Pick a mythological creature. Make up words and movement to this song that pertain to your creature.

2) Make a collage creature. Cut shapes from different prints and textured papers. Assemble to create a new creature. Name your creature.

3) Complete fun activities at http://edemberleydrawingpages.blogspot.com 


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