“Once Upon A Banana”
Rhyming street signs pair with fun illustrations to tell a rollicking trouble-causing adventure in this wordless picture book, Once Upon A Banana. The catastrophe starts when a runaway monkey escapes from his trainer. The monkey throws his banana peel on the sidewalk instead of placing it in the trash as the sign states.
Someone slips on the peel, knocks over a ladder, causing the painter to fall into a cart, which leads to…
and leads to…
and leads to……
This book promotes creativeness, cause and effect relationships and imagination.
TITLE: Once Upon A Banana
AUTHOR: Jennifer Armstrong
ILLUSTRATOR: David Small
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, imaginative, cause and effect relationships
1) Make a list of all the signs you see around town. Invent two signs of your own. Make them rhyme with each other.
2) Like the problem in the book, someone slipping on a banana peel causing an entire town to turn upside-down, use the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” as the problem in your story. Imagine what might happen and then write a story.
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Sidewalk Circus, a wordless book, brings the Garibaldi Circus to town in an unusual way. No one notices these shadowy circus performers at a crowded bus stop except for a pair of children. Tight ropewalking construction workers. A juggling pancake flipping cook. The Flying Trapeze Brothers window washers.
This book promotes imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.
TITLE: Sidewalk Circus
AUTHOR: Paul Fleischman
ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Hawkes
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2004
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, flexible thinking
1) Make a list of forest animals. How can each animal’s shadow be a circus performer? For example, a duck flying up from the pond is the cannonball act.
2) How might you plan birthday party games as circus acts? Which circus act is your favorite?
To learn more about author Paul Fleischman, visit: http://www.paulfleischman.net/index.htm
To learn more about illustrator Kevin Hawkes, visit:
“How Flotsam Prompts Imagination”
Creativity in picture books is expressed not only through the text, but also through the illustrations. David Wiesner’s wordless picture book, Flotsam, is a perfect example of using imagination and creativity to tell a story. In this visual story, Wiesner cleverly uses a discarded camera known as flotsam (which means debris from a ship that wasn’t deliberately thrown overbroad) to take the reader on an underwater adventure. While at the beach, a boy finds a camera that has washed ashore. After getting the film developed, he is amazed to discover what happens beneath ocean waves as well as another surprise discovery. The adventure continues as the boy returns the camera back to the ocean to wash ashore again. This book promotes creativity, imaginative and wonderment.
AUTHOR: David Wiesner
ILLUSTRATOR: David Wiesner
PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2006
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, wonder
1) Take a stroll. Using a camera, take a series of pictures that detail your walking adventure.
2) Imagine going on an underwater adventure. What might you see underwater creatures doing if they had human characteristics? Using your imagination, create underwater fantasy pictures/scenes. Collaborate with a partner to elaborate on the scenes.
To learn more about author/illustrator David Wiesner, visit: http://www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner
To explore more wondering, visit: http://thewonderment.com
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