It seemed fitting to start with reading David Wiesner's Art & Max, a splendid story about an artist and a would-be artist and their discovery of the creative process. David Wiesner wields a lot of power in both his pen and brush and his imagination seems to know no bounds.
|Students retell the story of Art & Max with puppets|
The next book we explored was Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp and illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Again, the children really enjoyed this book with its playful illustrations (particularly the moving eyes in the paintings!) and exciting drama; it's an interesting blend of nonfiction and imagination. We followed up the reading with an exploration of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum. For a close-up of the painting click here, and for an explanation of the painting click here. We have discovered that one of our UVM student teachers has actually been to Paris to see the Mona Lisa!
In the very first week of April our children will make their final decisions and choose the one book that they think best deserves the Red Clover award. Last year more than 24,000 Vermont children in grades K through 4 voted for their favorite book (Let's Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile). Which book will win this April? Stay tuned!