Family Books Club: What If
Reading level: picture book
Synopsis: This girl is determined to express herself! If she can't draw her dreams, she'll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can't do that, she'll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she'll sing, dance, and dream. Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Categories: creativity, resiliency, art
- What's your favorite way of expressing yourself?
- What new ways of expressing yourself would you like to try?
- How do you see your friends, family, and community members expressing themselves?
- Are there particular ways of expressing yourself important to your family and/or culture?
- The author, Samantha Berger, had to leave a lot of her art supplies because of a flood. Have you ever lost something? What made you feel better afterward?
Activity: In the author's note, Berger explains that she had to leave her home because of a flood. She was in the middle of a big project, but she couldn't take any supplies with her, which made her really sad. But then she realized that, with a bit of creativity, she could turn anything into art. Here in Minnesota during fall, beauty is all around us! Take a walk with your parents/guardians and bring a big bag, collecting leaves, pinecones, and odds and ends as you go. When you get home, create a collage! Or maybe a sculpture! Or a diorama! Or a fairy garden! However you feel like expressing yourself, use your bag of newfound treasures to do so.