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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

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building”

Author/illustrator Christy Hale pairs children building with concrete poetry alongside photos of structures from around the world.

Readers will see how kids’ constructions can be expressed in the works of architects.

Backmatter includes explanations about the buildings and the architects who designed the buildings. Quotes from each architect demonstrate their thoughts about design and creative process.

This story promotes creative components ofwonder, flexible thinking, and creative expression.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the children’s buildings being paired with an architect’s structure demonstrates to readers how something simple can become complex. It inspires readers to compare form and design and wonder what they can create with materials they have laying around the house. I love children’s poetry and appreciate how the concrete poetry celebrates the joy of building.

TITLE: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

AUTHOR: Christy Hale

ILLUSTRATOR: Christy Hale

PUBLISHER: Lee & Low Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): architecture, building

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, flexible thinking, creative expression

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research buildings with unique structures. Pick one. What materials that around your house most resemble your building’s structure? Build the building using your materials.

2) Play with wooden blocks.

“The maple wood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.” -Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

3) Utilize different types of building blocks to build an Outer Space city. In what ways do the different types of blocks work together?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Christy Hale, visit:

http://christyhale.com/biography.html