Do you know Mo? We didn’t really know Mo Willems all that well. Of course we are familiar with his pigeon and his Knuffle Bunny, but we had never really explored his books. Our first stop was our local library, where we borrowed “Knuffle Bunny Free” and “Amanda and her Alligator”. After reading these books I asked my daughter’s if the books inspired them? (I like to see where their imaginations will take us) My youngest daughter thought that we should sort through their stuffies and give some to people who do not have stuffies…just like Trixie does in Knuffle Bunny Free. Awesome idea! We took some time to sort out a small bag of stuffies to be taken to our local Goodwill shop. Fantastic idea!
My girls then sketched people and animals to add to the photographs, to make the pictures come to life. Working on this activity led to a discussion about perspective in artwork. They gained an understanding of how items in the foreground are larger than objects in the background.
My youngest daughter created a Christmas picture, with a removable Knuffle Bunny!
We moved on to the photographs…I even tried my hand at this style of art.
Finally, my daughter’s observed that some of Willems pictures have frames…so frames were required.
All in all, these books were a lot of fun. These books demonstrate how with children’s books the story is important, but the artwork is equally important.
Have you read any Mo Willems’ books? Did you do an activity to go along with the book you read? Check out the other blogs for some awesome ideas…