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)
These are excellent activities! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I like thinking about how the books can be extended and re-used.Delete
I love that James Rumford (a favorite author/illustrator) finished this wonderful book. And, the family and friends of Martha Alexander including their own artwork in the endpapers, really makes it special. The book has a great title and I love how it encourages originality and creativity. This is a beautiful share with great resources.ReplyDelete
I had to pry off the library covering so I could see the last two flowers on each side of the endpapers. It is a lovely way to open, and close, the book.Delete
What a moving story about the creation of this book. And I love the resources you share, Wendy.ReplyDelete
Wishing us all friends like the ones who contributed. It is lovely.Delete
Cute! And I love all the activities you share. Takes me back, way back, to kindergarten assignments...ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!
Lindsey at www.a-is-for-aging.com
Thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked the activities.Delete
This looks like a great and very true to life book! I'm so glad there was the desire to finish the book. Thank you for the great review!ReplyDelete
It is nice to see kids get MAD once in awhile in picture books. They sure do in real life!Delete
This could be my son. He's strong-willed with his own opinions about art. :D Will have to check it out. Thanks for highlighting!ReplyDelete
If we want to raise kids that think outside the box we have to let them color outside the lines.Delete
Indeed, all kids have emotional reactions and happy to see one highlighted in a book. Thanks for the recommendation.ReplyDelete