Happy Birthday Eric Rohmann - October 26
Kathi Appelt's blog Calloo Calley that, "Each story deserves a picture that rhymes with the way the story is told." He continued by saying, "If it is in you to tell different kinds of stories, you are going to have to make different kinds of pictures." My son loved reading both of these books this week -- despite their differences.
The book we focused on this week for our birthday celebration activity was Pumpkinhead. I really liked the uniqueness of the story. A boy named Otho is born with a pumpkin for his head. One day a bat grabs his head because it thought it would make a great home. However, Otho's head is just too heavy for the bat to carry as it flies and the bat drops it in the sea. The adventure continues with various other predicaments that eventually lead Otho's pumpkinhead back home to his loving family (and his body!). Eric Rohmann spoke of his book Pumpkinhead in an interview with Reading Rockets, "You put it out into the world and somebody uses it some way. Once it leaves the studio it's not yours anymore; it's everybody else's and they find their way to it or they don't." In the interview, Rohmann shared that one of his readers used Pumpkinhead in a pediatric burn unit because she liked the message that life can be hard for a boy who looks different but the unconditional love provided by a family "can suit him just fine".
Our way of using Pumpkinhead was to make our own Otho out of clothes we had outgrown, the leaves in the backyard that we are tired of raking, and a carved pumpkin.
|After filling the pants I realized it would be wise to attach the sweatshirt to the pants so we could continue stuffing the leaves. In this photo, courtesy of my son, I am attaching the pants to the sweatshirt with safety pins.|
|My son continued his camera duties as I stuffed the sweatshirt. Don't forget to stuff the arms -- I almost did!|
|My son was surprised how heavy a bunch of leaves could be as he set "Otho's body" in the chair.|
|He added the carved pumpkin for the head and Otho was complete.|
|After taking this picture, I said, "I need to go inside for a second to see if your brother is awake from his nap." He responded, "You don't have to. Otho is listening for him."|
|I think I loved this activity as much as my son!|
|We had a bat decoration in the basement that I thought we could bring up to add to our Otho display but my son wanted to make his own. So he drew a bat with a grey crayon on black construction paper and cut it out.|
|The bat was hung from the awning above. Watch out Otho!|
1. Eric Rohmann's Website
2. Interview with Eric Rohmann talking about Bone Dog - Kathi Appelt's Blog (Calloo, Callay)
3. Video Interview with Eric Rohmann - Reading Rockets + one more from Kirkus Review
4. Text Interview - Seven Impossible Things Blog
5. Eric Rohman at BookFest 2003 - Library of Congress
6. Biography from Associated Content
7. My Friend Rabbit Lesson Plan - Scholastic
8. MacLean Arts Center features the Art of Eric Rohmann