Friday, February 19, 2010

Magical, Imaginative Books - Feed Me Books Friday

We can all use a little magic in our lives and the imagination can fuel some pretty magical moments. Picture books portray amazing fantasy worlds, providing inspiration for children to think imaginatively on their own. This week's Feed Me Books Friday theme at The Adventure of Motherhood is Books that encourage imagination. Link up your favorites there.

Magic Box by Katie Cleminson. Disney Hyperion (June 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9781423121091

Eva receives a very special box for her birthday. When she jumps into the box she turns into a master magician and, with the flick of her wand, throws a huge party with all sorts of wondrous guests and activities. The illustrations by Cleminson are magical in their own way -- the book starts out with muted grays and blacks and then, as the magic begins, bright splotches of color appear all over the pages. The book makes a great birthday present and shows the power of imagination.

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Harcourt (April 2002); 32 pages; ISBN 9780152010256

A fabulous, magical blue hat appears one day and spins through the air, landing on the unsuspecting heads of various people in a town. The hat magically transforms each individual into an animal until a large wizard appears and performs his own special magic. The kids love rocking back and forth repeating the rhyming, rollicking refrain, "Oh, the magic hat, the magic hat! It moved like this, it moved like that!" The fantastical, fun text is paired with whimsical watercolor illustrations by the amazing Tricia Tusa. If you've never witnessed her artistic magic, you must!

Here's a perfect coloring page by Crayola that captures today's theme, stating, "Imagination is Magical!"

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MommaHarms said...

I am creating a list from today's posts because my little one needs more imagination. Thanks for these great ideas and for stopping by my blog.

Amber @ Because Babies Grow Up said...

These look fantastic. thanks for sharing. Boxes seem to be a great spring board for imagination. We have several floating around the house right now acting as trains, ships, beds and the like. So cute to see.

laura said...

Both of those look terrific! We have a few by Mem Fox in our home library, so I'm excited to learn of anotherone!

Janna said...

Ooo! I love your theme of magic and imagination! I copied and pasted them both to my list.

On a side note- I seem to always see your comments on the others blogs with relevant comments and I know they must appreciate that so much.

I know I love having you as an enthusiastic participant in Feed Me Books

Playing by the book said...

I LOVE Magic Box (or Box of Tricks as it is know over here in the UK) My review of it is here:
The Magic Hat sounds lots of fun, I'll be on the lookout for it!