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Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

“Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington”

In this biography picture book, illustrator Amanda Hall’s pictures capture imaginations while author Michelle Markel’s storytelling capture Lenora Carrington’s fascinating life.

Ever since she was a little girl, Lenora only wanted to draw. She sketched birds, horses, make-believe planets, and magical worlds. 

Despite her parents’ wishes for her to be a well-bred English girl and get married, Lenora only wanted one thing – to become an artist. When she moved to London to study painting, she discovered surrealism. This was the kind of art she had to create. After moving to France, she escaped World War II by moving to Mexico where she lived the rest of her life, painting, sculpting, and writing.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, imagination, taking risks, and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I enjoying learning about a creative person and their creative process. I like to see connections between their childhood and their creative talents. Additionally, the beautiful colorful illustrations spark my imagination to create.

TITLE: Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

AUTHOR: Michelle Markel

ILLUSTRATOR:Amanda Hall

PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, 2019

AGE GROUP: 7-9

TOPIC(S): biography of artist Leonora Carrington, finding your passion

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, imagination, inspiration, taking risks

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Surrealism art combines things that do not usually go together, for example, a cell phone and a cow. Try your hand at surrealism art by picking two things that do not go together and combine them to create a new image.

2) Watch this YouTube video to learn more about surrealism.

3) Check out an art book from the library. Which art forms capture your imagination?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michelle Markel, visit:

http://www.michellemarkel.com/bio.html

To learn more about illustrator Amanda Hall, visit:

https://www.amandahall-illustration.com/about-info/

My Heart Is A Compass

“My Heart Is A Compass”

Rose wants to be an explorer, a pioneer, a trailblazer. She is set on discovering something that no one else has ever found but she does not know what to find or where to look. 

Rose draws her own map with her imagination as the blueprint and her heart as the compass.


 She sets off on her journey, charting new worlds, even the cosmos. Yet she returns empty handed. What will Rose share for show and tell?

This story promotes creative components of taking risks, creativity, and imagination. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Rose’s trailblazing spirit and the intricate maps she draws, which inspire my imagination and wonders.

TITLE:My Heart Is A Compass

AUTHOR: Deborah Marcero

ILLUSTRATOR: Deborah Marcero

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): adventure, imagination, discovering new worlds

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: taking risks, imagination, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a map of your imagination. What are your wonders? What mythical places or things would you like to explore? 

2) Hide a treasure somewhere in your backyard or inside your house. Draw a map of your backyard or house. Write out directions for someone to find your treasure, using the four cardinal directions of north, east, south, and west. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Deborah Marcero, visit:

http://deborahmarcero.com/deborah/

What If…

What If…”

Samantha Berger’s rhyming picture book, What If…, celebrates creative expression. A determined girl uses paper and a pencil to create her stories. But happens when her pencil is gone. She’ll shape the leaves. What if the leaves are blown away? She’ll sculpt in snow. What if the snow melts? She’ll use sunlight and shadows. What if everything is taken away?

This story promotes creative components of imagination, persistence, resourceful, and valuing creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for three reasons. First, when the main character is faced with obstacles, she chooses to use her imagination and resources around her to find ways to express her creativity. She does not let anything stop her. Secondly, I appreciate the last page of this book which states: “As long as I live, I will always create,” a personal mantra that I try to live by daily. Thirdly, my favorite question is what if because it promotes wonder. What if the world was square? What if I lived in another country? And so I ask you, What if?

TITLE: What If…

AUTHOR: Samantha Berger

ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Curato

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

THEME(S)/TOPICS: overcoming obstacles, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, persistence, resourceful, valuing one’s creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick one of your favorite things to do. List the items you need in order to do your favorite thing. What would you do if those things were no longer available? How would you do your favorite thing?

2) In what ways are you creative? What would you do if you could no longer express your creativity in the way you always have?

3) Create list of “what if” questions. Share with your friends and see how their answers differ from each other. Teachers can use these what if lists for daily writing prompts.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Samantha Berger, visit:

http://www.samanthaberger.com/about.html

To learn more about illustrator Mike Curato, visit:

https://www.mikecurato.com/about