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Monday, September 9, 2013

New Books Monday

Journey by Aaron Becker is a striking, wordless book.  With stunning details and careful use of color and white space, this new book is one of the best of 2013.

The girl can't get anyone to play, they're all too busy.  So she takes a red crayon, draws a door, and walks into a new world. She draws a boat and floats down stream and has an astounding adventure.

Reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, in use of imagination, the illustrations were done in watercolors, pen and ink.  

Wordless books with this kind of sophistication really don't have an age limit.  They help a child's imagination soar and land wherever they go.  It would be hard to use in a storytime with children under 4, but with a small group of 5 or less or one-on-one would work well.  

Using this book to get the creative juices flowing, this title could be used like a sentence starter to have each child pretend to draw something and then see where their drawing takes them.  I want to try using this with 1st or 2nd graders this year.  My plan is to have each child use a small dry erase board or paddle and then have the whole class take turns adding each individual idea into the story.  

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