PPBF: Frida and Bear Play the Shape Game!

Author-Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Author-Illustrator
: Hanne Bartholin
Publisher: Candlewick, 2015
Age: 
3-7
Themes: drawing, shapes, imagination

Opening: see spread above.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Frida and Bear love to draw. When Bear runs out of ideas, Frida suggests they play the shape game.

I picked this book because: School has started in my district and one of the things I often felt got left behind was prioritizing creativity (I could go on for hours on this subject!), so I chose this book to help foster it, esp at the beginning of the year when some young people are feeling anxious – and for those that are not yet ready for a school environment this is a great activity that can be done anywhere!

Resources/activities: read then play the shape game! Watch this TED talk from Sir Ken Robinson:

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

(PPBF:) The Little Bear Book

LittleBearBookCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Candlewick, 2014, reissue (originally by Hamish Hamilton Children’s Books, 1988)
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: bears, drawing, imagination
Opening: Bear went for a walk.
Summary: (from my library catalog) As Bear walks in the forest, with pencil in hand, he meets several grumpy forest dwellers and knows just what to do for them.

LittleBearBook1I like this book because: I know Anthony Browne’s work, I love Anthony Browne’s work. With a passion! But I had NO IDEA this was his artwork when I picked the book off the shelf and started reading it. NO idea until I got to the LAST page. Almost like deja vu! Possibly a nod to Harald and the Purple Crayon, but with a simplicity and a charm all it’s own!

LittleBearBook2Resources/activities: draw something you imagine would change the mood of persons or things you encounter on a walk, ride, or drive – maybe from your path to/from school.

LittelBearBook3For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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Thinking about Visual Thinking

…and character development. By sketching, doodling, drawing every day (thanks to SkADaMo challenges with Linda Silvestri and Alison Kipnis Hertz’s Doodle Day fb group) I have become aware that a lot of my creative process does not take place in my head, but though visual communication with my hand. Sound crazy to anyone? The shape of one curve often interests me enough to change the way I’m drawing a character from the visual I had in my head. Often ‘accidents’ happen that are more appealing than what I was attempting. I thought I’d share an example – how I came upon an alpaca while trying to draw a dog!

PQradade Dog_03(2)-1So here was one attempt at a dog, utilizing black so that I could concentrate more on the shape and how it was working for me. It wasn’t. Do I want this dog to have more anthropomorphic qualities? Should he be able to stand on two legs? Hold on to it, but create a new file.

PQradade Dog_04-1Fun lines, but this did NOT look like a dog to me! Nope! Next…

PQradade Dog_05-1Now I have really taken a departure form the canine world! but now I see something quite different, a different species altogether…’follow your nose, Julie’…another file!

PQradade Dog_06-1Now I see, it’s an alpaca! But so stiff! I’ll play, and add color too…

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No dog created, but I found this delightful creature! So I allow myself to write a crappy story draft, and draw crappy sketches – a workable piece could be in the next file!