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Einstein, giving and the color of lemons
Friday 10-9-2015

Can a children’s book REALLY help an adult?
On a Beam of Light
by Jennifer Berne, pictures by Vladimir Radunsky
Very nice artwork that looks like pen and ink drawings with watercolor. I love looking at this book over and over again. I love the paper it was printed on. I love the whimsey and way it portrays Albert Einstein’s thoughts. I learned much from this book, but two things I’ll mention. Albert barely spoke until after age 3 and he visualized all of his experiments first, then he would turn the mind pictures into words. The author read 50 books on Albert’s life and then she wrote such a marvelous brief children’s book on such an expansive man. Thank you Jennifer!
This Week's Fav!
Ivy Loves to Give
by Freya Blackwood
The author and illustrator comes from a family of artists and it shows! Freya illustrates with sweet sketches painted with watercolor. This book shows a loving family that appreciates Ivy and her gift giving, even when she gives a less than perfect gift. Ivy is always thinking about what gift she can give. After all, she is a little girl and she doesn’t have money to purchase gifts yet. Sometimes her enthusiasm is better than the gift itself. At the end it shows Ivy as a thankful receiver of gifts too.
How nice!
Creative Interactions
Lemons Are Not Red
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Fantastic experience in learning colors!
This is a well thought out book on color. The cut out idea on each page is brilliant! It’s sort of like a visual riddle. There is no way a child would not love this book. It is certain to produce some giggles for budding young humorists that are the age of 3 - 5 years old.
I think it would be fun to have simple images for you and your child to color. Then, after you color the simple fruit images, you can talk and laugh about whether or not an apple is purple or a banana is pink (you get the idea?) Here is a link to some simple fruit images for you to print out to use:
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