Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"A Stick Until..." - a bookwrap

Some people are so clever.  They look at something as simple as a plain old stick that's just laying on the ground, think on it a while,  and then make a wonderful kid's storybook out of it.  Today's author did just that.  I think you will enjoy both her story and her illustrations all created out of a plain old stick.  Enjoy! 


"A Stick Until... "

Authored and Illustrated by Constance Anderson

Ages 4-7
Grade Levels PS-Gr.3

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you

About the book

If I were an art teacher I would want this book to introduce an imaginative, fun art lesson.  I would hold up a stick and get the kids to name what it is. Once identified I would use that as a perfect segue into reading the class the book aloud.  I would then hand out paper and get them to draw a picture of what they think a stick might be used for thus igniting their imaginations through their artistic skills.  The picture they make could use the stick either for a tool or for toy purposes. Sharing time about their creations to the entire class would follow. (If anyone got stuck I'd let them reproduce one of the pictures from the book.)

This book shows the reader not only how humans but animals  incorporate a simple stick into their lifestyle.  It showcases an Asian elephant using a stick (with some leaves attached to it) swatting away flies, a chimpanzee using it for a spoon, a great male egret presenting a stick he finds to a female and upon accepting it they nest together (ahhhhh), children using a stick to draw in the sand on a beach and one enabling them to play a hoop game, just to cite a few.

The illustrations are vibrant and colourful, catching and keeping kids engaged with the narrative from beginning to end.  The author contributes additional information to deepen the understanding of  inquiring curious minds.  I love the book and highly recommend. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author/ illustrator

Constance Anderson is the illustrator and writer of the children s picture book Smelling Sunshine, a story about one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry (Star Bright Books, 2013). Her newest picture book, A Stick Until..., follows a stick on its transformational journey as a tool (Star Bright Books, July, 2017). Her writing reflects her interest in connecting people to one another, and to the environment.

Constance often combines paint and paper in her narrative images, a process reminiscent of hours spent as a child making paper dolls and the stories that went with them. Her illustrations have appeared throughout the San Diego Zoo, in science journals, cookbooks, and children s magazines, and at California galleries and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area where she volunteers at the environmental educational organization, Audubon Canyon Ranch.

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