Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman, illustrated by Steve Wilson; Blue Apple Books / Chronicle Books (April 2009); ISBN 9781934706541; 36 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library
Glittery, touchable lines! Bold, graphic illustrations! Cute rhyming verses! Learning about lines in a book has never been more fun or interactive. Did you stop and take notice of the lines around you today? Maybe not, but maybe you just need a little inspiration. Lines that Wiggle is a book that inspires and implores readers to spot all the lines in the world, natural and man-made. The raised, glittery blue lines in the book curve, bend and wiggle all over the pages. And, I must remark on another creative touch -- there are monsters in this book! (And a cat, elephant, rainbow, bus, whale, spiderweb and octopus, among other things.) It's jam-packed with tactile and visual elements and is a treat to read.
My kids lingered over every page, feeling the lines on a leaf and following the zigzag of lightning bolt and the curves of a rainbow with their fingers. The glittery lines have a pleasant, rough feel to them, and it's amazing how much fun it is to rub your finger over these pages. My kids also really liked the colorful illustrations by Steve Wilson, especially the pages where the monsters interact with the lines. Some of the text is written in a font that looks like cursive handwriting. Cursive writing is all about writing with a flowing line and really is a perfect font choice for this book. The cursive writing in the book may be hard for younger kids to read, but I think it is a good book to introduce different ways of writing. This book would work wonderfully as a supplement in teaching cursive writing and getting kids excited about writing. They can follow the curves of the words with their fingers. Art teachers could also easily develop a lesson about lines using this book. My daughter learned about lines this week in her school art class, and had fun pointing out the vertical and horizontal lines in the book and talking about what she did in school. Feel inspired to find some lines around you now?
Candace Whitman - Author Website
After we finished reading Lines that Wiggle, we searched our home for lines. One of the first lines we spotted was the cord on our vacuum cleaner. We used the cord for a little interactive art project and "drew" pictures on the carpet using the cord. Since the book contains a ton of monsters, we made a power cord monster and used various toys to add features like the eyes and mouth. We also made a ghost, bunny, circle and lots of other shapes, but I didn't take pictures. The kids liked that they could adapt and change their art and enjoyed the creative challenge of drawing big shapes with a cord.
We also made a fall picture inspired by the book. One of the pages talks about "lines in leaves that grow on trees." My daughter studied the lines on a leaf from one of trees outside. She brought the leaf inside, traced around it, and drew in raised lines using some blue glitter glue paint. After her picture dried, she was able to touch the lines with her fingers, just like the book.
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