Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pass it down: Five picture book families make their mark, by Leonard S. Marcus

Short biographies take a different twist in this collection that focuses on families who create picture books: Donald Crews, Ann Jonas and Nina Crews; Clement and Edith Hurd and Thacher Hurd; Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers; Jerry Pinkney and Brian Pinkney; and Harlow and Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell. Family photographs, artist sketches, and final illustrations accompany the stories.

All ages.


bullarc said...
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bullarc said...

A few thoughts about how one might use this book...

possibly as a resource for a collaboration with Kindergarten teacher (or K1 in our case) and art teacher when students explore themselves and their families - maybe NCSCOS SS objective 1.04. You could focus on just one of the families, perhaps the Crews/Jonas family as their work would be right on target for the age-group.

Another possibility might be with older students and a unique look at biographies or part of a poetry unit if focusing on the Myers' family.
Of course there is also the possibility of connecting with an ongoing author study in the classroom! I think kids will be interested in learning about these illustrators lives, e.g. that the Hurds lived on next to nothing and how others perservered until they received some recognition for their work.
I second this one!