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Listen Up: Finding Art in Everyday Life

Hi Friends,

Exciting things are happening in our community!

Inspired by the book, One Plastic Bag, by Miranda Paul, our community is collaborating with the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for a Supply Drive. From March 1-April 9, bring sorted, bagged fiber art supplies to your school library or the Hampton Community Library & share the love! More information can be found on our website.

So while you are gathering up supplies to share, think about what you might do with all those cardboard boxes & recyclables you might have lying around the house. The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse has created a whole bunch of awesome tutorials on their Instagram channel to help inspire community makers using easy-to-find materials. (Bookkitty is excited to try out the paperclay recipe over the weekend)

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make. ~ Jane Goodall

Thinking about gathering supplies reminded me of the book A Day With No Crayons, by Elizabeth Rusch:

1. Do you remember seeing these two illustrations?

The image on the left came from the part where Liza stomps through the mud, while the image on the left shows where she smears toothpaste all around the sink. If you look closely, the illustrations echo two famous art works: Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm and Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Why do you think the author & illustrator decided to include these two details in the story?

2. What did Liza do at the end of the story that makes the reader understand that she has a whole new outlook about how to make art? Do you have a favorite kind of materials that you like to use to make art?

3. Do you ever wonder about who comes up with the names on your crayons? The author uses lots of really great adjectives to describe the colors like "wondermelon" & "lazer lemon." Look around the room, pick something that has a color you like. Give it a special name like Suede Shoe Blue or Inky the Cat Black. You could make it into a game. Next time you play I Spy, use these aweseme color names you just invented.

Toodleloo, Kangaroos!

Today's book was A Day With No Crayons, by Elizabeth Rush. You can check out the author's website or enjoy this classic video about making crayons. And here's a couple of great reasons to continue reading picture books, even when you grow up.

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