Happy Birthday Keiko Kasza - December 23
Erik Craddock (my kids love Stone Rabbit). There are so many good books connected to the month of December. How about a few more?
Keiko Kasza is an author and illustrator of 18 books for children that have been translated into 14 different languages (keikokasza.com). Her books were delightful to read aloud and were enjoyed this week by all three of my children -- my oldest is 6 years old and my youngest is 18 months old. In the teacher's guide that Keiko Kasza provides on her website, she states, "as an illustrator and writer, my goal is to create text and art that is simple, uncluttered, and funny."
In her book, The Mightiest, a lion, a bear, and an elephant discover a crown sitting on a tree stump that has the words "For the Mightiest" carved in it. The three animals argue over who should wear the crown and even try to prove their mightiness by scaring a little old woman. A giant is nearby, scares the animals, and decides to show his mightiness by scooping them up to drop them off a cliff. The mother of the giant, the little old lady, scolds him to leave the animals alone. It is then clear to Lion, Bear, and Elephant who should wear the crown after all.
When I read The Mightiest I noticed how the animals all wanted to wear a crown. I thought my children would like to do the same.
|We started with strips of thick paper (These are sentence strips from a classroom lesson). I wrapped the strips around their heads to measure the size and then stapled the ends together.|
|Then, I provided yellow construction paper to make triangles that could be glued on the paper strip. My daughter chose to make triangles but didn't cut all the way through the paper so they stayed together.|
|My littlest one enjoyed The Mightiest too. He loved the lion, bear, and elephant. He colored his yellow construction paper with markers to decorate his crown.|
|We used scraps of foam sheets to make jewels for our crowns.|
|Once my youngest son was finished coloring, I cut and glued his yellow construction paper to the paper strip to complete his crown.|
|Is he the mightiest?|
|Apparently, he wasn't finished coloring as he tried to color the crown while it was on his head.|
I would like to wish all of my readers a Happy Holidays! I hope you have memorable time with your family. I am so thankful for many things during this season -- Thanks for being a reader of Happy Birthday Author.
1. Keiko Kasza's Website - Check out the in depth Teacher's Guide
2. Keiko Kasza talks about A Dog Who Cried Wolf - Scholastic Video
3. Biography - Penguin Group