Friday, April 1, 2016

PPBF: Knit Together

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

Knit Together, by Angela Dominguez
Knit Together

Written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Dial, 2015
Ages 3-5, Lexile AD150L


Themes:
Togetherness, Creativity


Opening:

"This is me. I love to draw."


Synopsis:
A daughter loves to wear her mom's knit creations, like animal mittens and hats. She thinks knitting is a much better talent. Unfortunately, when she tries to knit something herself, the little girl becomes frustrated. Why can't she knit like her mom? She loves to draw, but what use is that? You can't wear drawings. The mom convinces her daughter to help her plan a project. The girl draws it out and together they make something extra special that can be shared. Sorry, no spoilers here.


What I Love:
Talent takes work, but everyone has creativity that can be nurtured. Which of us ( or which child?) hasn't experienced frustration, lacking the skill to create the vision in our heads? Creating together is a shared experience that lasts longer than any drawing we make or even any book we write. It's the reading together that makes an everlasting memory. This book says that so well. And I love, love, LOVE Angela's adorable illustrations for this book!

Bonus: 
Thanks to NeverNotKnitting
1. Organize students to knit for charity. I learned about Knit One Save One via The Corner on Character. It's seems like a great project that helps save the lives of children around the world. I've read about groups doing the same for local hospitals and shelters.
2. CraftWhack has a helpful blog post with videos on knitting for kids who are beginners.
3. Knit Together, the website, offers a library of stitch patterns for readers who want to pursue additional projects.
4. Who wouldn't enjoy marzipan cupcakes with a yarn theme? Use the recipe provided on Never Not Knitting, or buy ready-made and shape into yarn balls.
5. Budding artists will find plenty of tutorials on DrawingBot including this cute one for drawing a sailboat.
6. I like these activities for moms and daughters to do together from FamilyShare, categorized by age group.
7. Visit Angela's blog to find out more about the creation of this book.
8. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.

 
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12 comments:

  1. This topic is important. When I was growing up, I felt untalented because I was not good at the traditional things. It wasn't until I was an adult that I began to see I had my own talents. It is important for kids to know they are gifted and talented in their own special ways. Thanks for sharing this book. :)

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    1. By the looks of your blog, you certainly have found your talents. May we never stop growing . . . together. Thanks!

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  2. Such a great story about nurturing creativity. I also like the emphasis on every one has their own talent. Great activities.

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    1. Thanks. This story was simple, but it really spoke to me.

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    1. I loved how Angela illistrated the yarn getting out of control and how it ends up all over the pages. And the knitted animal hats? I want one, too!

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  4. Love that this story shows that learning a skill/art takes hard work. Nice choice.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you enjoy this book as much as we did.

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  5. Interesting. We are a family of "makers," and we have a child who often feels like he can't do things as well as his parents, something we spend a lot of time talking through. This book sounds great! Thanks for highlighting.

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    1. I would have loved this as a kid, being the youngest and least capable.

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  6. Knitting.... something that seems nearly impossible to me. But maybe I just need to give it more time, and not expect perfection my first time out. I bet I could learn a lot from this book!

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    1. I tried Kintting for Dummies, but It made my fingers ache. Maybe I was doing it wrong?

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