common ground.


my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos

they play with them every day

create wildly imaginative scenarios

ask questions about real dinos

reassure me that the ones in our room are not real

one day when playing, a child asked

“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”

another jumped up to say

“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”

and an instant class book was born

what a brilliant title

others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one

brainstorming was in full swing

some became illustrators

 it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.

dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.

“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”

-kate forsyth

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  1. Hmmm, imagine incorporating all of their ideas into a “real” children’s book, worthy of publishing? Or, at the very least, having copies of some kind made (with their drawings as the illustrations) and give to each one of them as a memento at the end of the school year?

    For the record, I plan to never get close enough to a dinosaur to even think about trying to mask it!

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  2. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    ― Philip Pullman
    “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
    ― J.K. Rowling

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  3. Ah, a child’s imagination. As adults we have lost a lot. Picasso once said “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” We must relearn to imagine as a child does. Then there is hope.

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