Thinker


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.


Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban illus by Lillian Hoban
When Albert tells Frances that girls can't come along on a wander and can't play baseball with him and Harold because baseball is a no-girls' game, she uses her considerable ingenuity and efforts of persuasion to show him how friendship should work. Hoban is a very amusing and witty writer.
thinkers

I will not ever never eat a tomato by Lauren Child
Charlie's little sister Lola is a fussy eater. However Charlie works out an ingenious way of encouraging her to eat, even the foods she doesn't like. Charlie says that these are not peas, "of course they are not, these are green drops from Greenland." And "These are not carrots. These are orange twiglets from Jupiter." Lola can't resist just tasting them and finally she joins in the game and asks for the round red moonsquirter (she wouldn't eat a tomato of course but moonsquirters are her favourite.)
thinkers, communicators

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest illust by P J Lynch
This beautifully illustrated picture book vividly describes a young girl's journey from eastern Europe when she migrates to a new life in America at the turn of the nineteenth century. Jessie has left behind her beloved grandmother and is determined to work out a way that they can be together again. (7 -13 years)
thinkers, principled, caring

Leonardo and the Flying Boy
Anholt, Laurence 2000
Readers learn about da Vinci's many accomplishments in art, engineering and science in this story of the experiences of his young apprentices. (8-11yrs.)

Elephants Can Paint Too!
Arnold, Katya 2005
In this true story about Asian elephants readers learn about a program that teaches these great creatures how to paint. (5-11yrs.)

It Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Beaumont, Karen 2005
The child in this story decides to paint himself when he is told not to paint the walls. To the tune of "It ain't gonna rain no more", this delightful story teaches children about music, art and the human body. (5-8yrs.)

The Clay Ladies (Publisher out of stock)
Bedard, Michael (Canadian) 1999
One day a little girl finds a wounded bird. She is certain that her neighbours, known as the "Clay Ladies", will help her. The ladies nurse the bird back to health and introduce the little girl to the art of sculpture. (7-9yrs.)

Crickwing
Cannon, Janell 2000
Crickwing is a cockroach with a talent for sculpting. A good idea combined with his artistic talent saves the day when leaf-cutter ants are attacked by their enemies, the army ants. (5-8yrs.)

Emily' Art
Catalanotto, Peter 2001
Even though the judge at the first grade art show mistakes Emily's picture of her dog for a rabbit, Emily continues to work to improve her artistic skills. (5-8yrs.)

The Library
Stewart, Sarah 1995
Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life. (5-10yrs.)

Voices of Ancient Egypt
Winters, Kay 2003
If the workers of Ancient Egypt could speak to us, how much more we would know
about their lives. Writing in role, Winters has created a fascinating and compelling way to extend our knowledge. (9-1 l yrs)

Heckedy Peg
Wood, Audrey 1987
A mother is able to rescue her children from the witch because she knows them so well. (7-11yrs)

Rachel. The story of Rachel Carson
Ehrlich, Amy 2003
Biologist and environmentalist, Rachel Carson, is described as a person who was always curious and wondering. This biography of the author of the "Silent Spring" is an inspiring account of the power of individuals to make a difference in the world. (7-1 l yrs)

Westlandia
Fleischman, Paul
Wesley decides to make his own civilization during the summer vacation. Working in his backyard, he uses his imagination and skill to create a unique and self-sufficient community. (7-11yrs.)

Dog's Night
Hooper, Meredith 2000
Once a year after the museum closes for the night, all of the dogs in the paintings at the National Gallery, jump out of their pictures for a night of fan in the museum's halls. One year some of the dogs return to the wrong pictures. This story offers a fun approach to art appreciation and the creativity expressed.-.n the works of several artists. (7-11yrs.)

Galimoto
Karen, Lynn 1991
In Africa, a toy vehicle made of wire called a galimoto, is made by a small boy named
Kondi. He must wander throughout the village to find what he needs amidst discarded
materials. He then designs and creates the toy for all of the village children to enjoy. (5-8yrs.)

Baseball Bats for Christmas
Kusuqak, Michael (Canadian) 1993
The children of the Arctic community of Repulse Bay have never seen trees. They decide that the funny things sent to them one year at Christmas must be baseball bats. Christmas trees are used in a novel and creative way. (5-7yrs.)

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Lasky, Kathryn 1994
The Greek philosopher Eratosthenes was the writer of the first geography book and the first to discover how to accurately measure the circumference of the earth. Many
colourful illustrations accompany the explanations of his work. (9-11yrs.)
Inquirer,
Knowledgeable

Alexander Graham Bell: an inventive life
MacLeod, Elizabeth (Canadian)
C1999 Many of Alexander Graham Bell's inventions are highlighted in MacLeod's biography of a great inventor and thinker. Photographs and reproductions of Bell's original drawings provide a fascinating visual account of his work. (9-11yrs.)

Katie and the Mona Lisa OUT OF PRINT
Mayhew, James 1999
Katie is invited into one of the most famous paintings in the world, the Mona Lisa, by
the Mona Lisa herself Together they visit other artists of the Italian Renaissance.
(8-1 l yrs.)

Katie Meets the Impressionists
Mayhew, James 2000
On a visit to an art gallery with her grandmother, Katie becomes so interested in the
work of the Impressionists that she enters the paintings of Renoir, Monet and Degas.
(8-1 l yrs.)

Ish
Reynolds, Peter 2004
Ramon's creativity is almost shut down by a careless remark by his older brother. His
little sister saves the day and spurs him on by teaching him that it is more important to
think creatively than to concentrate on "getting it right". (5-9yrs.)
Open-minded

The Dot
Reynolds, Peter 2003
This is the tale about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti is a little girl who can't draw. Her teacher's invitation to "make a mark and see where it takes you", leads Vashti on a surprising journey. (5-9yrs.)

Starry Messenger
Sis, Peter 1996
Starry Messenger tells the story of Galileo, the scientist who discovered that the earth, and all of the other planets, revolves around the sun. The story is simply written and
illustrated with pictures rich in detail.
(9-1 l yrs.) Inquirer

The Genius of Leonardo
Visconti, Guido 2000
This biographical account of the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci is told by his servant Giacomo. Many of da Vinci's original words and drawings are included.
(9-11yrs.)

The Naked Lady
Wallace, Ian (Canadian) 2002
Tom is inspired to become an artist when he becomes friends with his new neighbour, a sculptor. (9-11yrs.)

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
Winter, Jeanette 2005
A librarian in war-torn Iraq is determined to protect and save her community's priceless collection of books. Alia Muhammad Baker's creative solutions for saving the books amidst bombings and fires and danger to personal safety are an inspiration to all who love books. (8-11yrs.)

Catkin.
Barber, Antonio and Lynch, Patrick. Candlewick Press, 1994.
When a tiny, magical cat carelessly allows a young girl to be captured by the Little People, he must confront her captors and solve three cunning riddles in order to rescue her.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler.
Konigsburg, E.L. Atehneum Books, 1967
A wonderfully fresh and inventive story of a brother and sister who run away from home to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and become caught up in a mystery. (years 4 – 6)

Swimmy.
Lionni, Leo. A. Knopf, 1987. (two copies)
Swimmy, a small black fish, finds a way to protect a school of small red fish from their natural enemies.

Kensuke’s Kingdom.
Morpurgo, Michael. Scholastic, 1999. When Michael is washed up on an island he struggles to survive on his own. He is about to give up when food appears. He is not alone. This is a wonderful story of survival and about Kensuke, an elderly Japanese man who lives on the island and has survived for many years using traditional Japanese skills and crafts. (Years 5 – 6)

Bridge to Terabithia.
Paterson, Katherine.Scholastic Inc., 1977.
“The life of a ten year old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.”

Caps for Sale.
Slobadkina, Esphyr. W.R. Scott, 1947.
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler’s caps while he takes a nap under a tree.





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