Author: Bill Thomson
Illustrator: Bill Thomson
Publisher: Two Lions
Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
Genre/Format: Fantasy/Picture Book
GoodReads Summary: When a boy and his dog go for a hike, the boy trips on a fossil, and it comes to life, revealing an ancient plant. The boy is so intrigued that he breaks two more fossils that come to life—a dragonfly and a pteranodon. When these prehistoric creatures collide with present reality, the boy must figure out a way to make things go back to normal. Visually told through art, this "wordless story" will surely spark imagination and creativity.
What I Think: I was completely impressed by Bill's artwork in Chalk and he does another amazing job with Fossil. I can't imagine the time and energy it takes to be committed to all the detail in every drawing.
Fossil builds off of the idea of inanimate objects coming to life that is introduced in Chalk. I love wordless picture books because they require the reader to really pay attention to everything in the illustrations and to piece together the story for themselves. When we first read Chalk, Peanut took it to my aunt to read to him. I watched as she had to rethink how to read the book since it didn't have words to guide her. Wordless books are fascinating in general but I love how Chalk and Fossil include a bit of magic and imagination to the story. If you watch the book trailer below, you'll see how much fun the kids have seeing what happens throughout the story. There is surprise and suspense as readers discover the boy's story and how he'll deal with the fossils that come to life right before his very eyes.
Read Together: K - 6
Read Alone: K - 6
Read With: Chalk by Bill Thomson, Tuesday by David Wiesner, Journey by Aaron Becker, Bluebird by Bob Staake
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Writing Strategies to Practice: Descriptive, Figurative Language
Writing Prompts: Use what you know about descriptive writing to tell someone about what is happening throughout the story or even on one page/layout of the story. What would you do if you discovered a fossil and it came to life?
Topics Covered: Imagination, Problem-Solving, Courage
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