My choice for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday is CHALK by Bill Thomson.
Publishing: Two Lions, March 2010
Genre/Topic: Juvenile Fiction; Imagination
Intended Audience: 4 to 8
Opening Lines: There are none! This is a wordless picture book 🙂
Brief Synopsis (from Amazon.ca): A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw…and then…magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and coloured pencils.
Why I Like This Book: I shared this beautiful book with my class a couple of weeks ago on the recommendation of our teacher-librarian and I’m really happy I did. The illustrations are so lovely and gave my kids so much to talk about.
We had one of our best “grand conversations” after reading Chalk. My class was really in to trying to figure out whether or not the dinosaur actually came to life with the “magic” chalk. I have to admit, I kind of had to steer them a little bit into the possibility that the children in the story were using their imaginations:)
Links to Resources:
1. Here’s a sweet video created by a Grade 4 class. They added their own words to the story! Watch this with your class and then challenge them to do the same!
3. Encourage your children to use their imaginations through some simple drama activities. We had a drama expert working with our kids yesterday and she did Drama Stories with them. It’s super easy.
Divide your class in half (performers/audience). Whisper to the performers what they will be miming (eg., playing basketball). The audience watches quietly while the performers do their thing. Then the audience guesses what the mime was. These weren’t random guesses, though. Each guess had to be accompanied with an observation or two or three that led to the guess. My kids LOVED this activity.
4. Here’s a lovely chalk art lesson using wet chalk, white tempera paint and sharpies. You can find the directions at Kinder Art.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas.
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