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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

“The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling”

Captain Alfred sails home with new ducks for his farm and a special gift for his wife, a duck egg nestled in his fiddle case, when an unexpected storm overturns his boat.

In the deep fog, the little duckling Alfred hatches alone. 

When Alfred discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle floating near him, he embraces it with all his heart, and it unexpectedly makes a beautiful sound. 

Alfred and the fiddle land on shore where they encounter a beast, who dances to their music. The beast is a dog who belongs to Captain Alfred’s wife. 

Alfred plays and plays. Who do you think hears his beautiful music?

You must read this book to find out.

This book promotes creative components of being original, unique, and passionate.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering’s creative storytelling intricately weaves unusual characters, an unexpected setting, and a heartfelt plot.

TITLE: The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

AUTHOR: Timothy Basil Ering

ILLUSTRATOR: Timothy Basil Ering

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): love, embracing one’s true passion

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: being original, unique, and passionate

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Imagine you have a special egg. Draw a picture of your egg as it hatches? What might hatch from your egg? What special talent does your hatchling have?

2) Make a list of twenty nouns (people, places, things). Write each noun on a slip of paper. Fold the papers and put in a bag. Shake the bag. Pull out five pieces of paper. Create a story that involves all five items.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering, visit: http://timbasilering.com/index.php/bio/

I Am Human

“I Am Human: A Book of Empathy”

What does it mean to be human? Find out in this original book with delightful illustrations.

Intro: “I was born. A miracle! One of billions but unique!”

Find one’s way on life’s journey by being curious and playful, dreaming, and making discoveries. 

Being human also means not being perfect.

But being human means making choices.

The back of the book includes a loving-kindness meditation.

This book promotes creative components of uniqueness, interconnectedness, and mindfulness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows the best parts of being human as well as the not so good parts. It shows how we can make choices, particularly when we make a mistake because we are only human.

TITLE: I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

AUTHOR: Susan Verde

ILLUSTRATOR: Peter H. Reynolds

PUBLISHER: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): compassion, social-emotional, self-awareness

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: uniqueness, interconnectedness, mindfulness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In what ways do you express compassion for others? 

2) Perform a random act of kindness.

3) Tell someone how much you appreciate them and/or apologize for a hurt you did. 

4) In what ways are you a unique human?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Susan Verde, visit:

https://www.susanverde.com/about-susan#bio

To learn more about illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, visit:

https://www.peterhreynolds.com

Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka

ILLUSTRATOR: Simone Shin

PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Bob Raczka, visit:

http://www.bobraczka.com/about/

To learn more about Simone Shin, visit:

http://simoneshin.com