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The Wonder

“The Wonder”

This story is about a boy whose head is always filled with wonder. As he heads to the bus stop, he wonders where birds fly to. He wonders who makes the clouds. He even wonders what the crossing guard’s sign might taste like.

With each wonder, he is told to pay attention and stop daydreaming. Finally, in art class, his art teacher tells him to use his imagination. 

And he does.

Five wordless spreads illustrate endless creative potential.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the message is to embrace your wonders and use your imagination to set those wonders free. Wonderful things can happen will you do.

TITLE: The Wonder

AUTHOR: Faye Hanson

ILLUSTRATOR: Faye Hanson

PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2014

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): daydreams, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you wonder about? Make a list of your wonders. Pick one or two and use your imagination to create an answer. Visualize in your mind what that might look like. Then, sketch or write it out. Share your wonder with someone.

2) Think up new wonders each day for a week.

3) Color an entire sheet of white paper with colors. Next, with a black crayon, color over the colors. Using a popsicle stick or toothpick, draw a picture by scratching. With each scratch, the colors beneath the black crayon will be revealed. 

https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/drawing/crayon-etching/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Faye Hanson, visit:https://www.templarco.co.uk/faye-hanson

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv

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