Interestingly, they are both on the same theme, but very different in style. I hope you come back next week for #2!
|from Publisher's website|
Title: Max and the Dumb Flower
with James Rumford
(Ms. Alexander passed away and Mr. Rumford finished the book from her sketches)
Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2009
Intended Age: 3-8
Opening Line: "Max didn't want to color the dumb flower picture.
Miss Tilley wanted him to."
Synopsis: When a boy's teachers asks the class to color a flower picture that she reproduced for all of them as a Mother's Day gift, the boy decides he wants to make his own picture instead.
What I like about the book: I was already hooked by the endpapers. Martha Alexander's family, friends and colleagues drew flower pictures that are scattered across the endpapers plus one additional spread.There is a square left blank on the opening endpaper for the reader to draw their own flower (amazingly, the library copy is still clean!). The small 7x7 trim size means it falls to the bottom of the picture book bins, and I hope it isn't passed over because of that. There is one scene when Max runs out of the classroom, out of the building that may require parental comment (don't do that!) but I think younger children who feel the urge to "color outside the lines" will identify with the emotion and resolution.
- Take a page from a coloring book and color it how you think the creator of the book intended. Then color another picture with similar subject matter on a blank piece of paper. Which do you like better? Why?
- Make 3-D flowers with chenille stems and paper using a lesson on the Smile Makers website.
- Go to the store and select cut flowers for a bouquet. Why do you select the ones you do?
- Type flower crafts for toddlers in your search box and see hundreds of choices!
- Bookit Program curriculum page available here.
- Parents/teachers can talk to children about using words to express feelings (instead of running away!)
- If you are a member of a Story Before Bed, you can access a recording here. (NOTE: I did not test this)