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The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, humor, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities: https://www.thesnowman.com/make-and-do/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, visit:

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