Can I Build Another Me?
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It Might Be An Apple – The story follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought through all the things an apple might be if it is not, in fact, an apple. I could share – and I have just thought of this now, and this is the kind of free flowing retrieval of anecdotes that this lesson is all about – the time when I was taking a group of kids to the swimming baths with a youth charity, and I had to choose between wearing my massive glasses in the pool and looking weird, or going without, and lacking my eyesight. This esoteric little book is a brilliant one to share, it is visually arresting and is such a great book to teach with. I could have shared the weird feeling it gives me when I wear gloves for too long, which makes me feel like I am being suffocated. Some really thoughtful artwork and picture books can be created by the class through a short sequence of lessons using this book, but more than this, the greatest strength is in the quality of discussion that can come about through getting the kids to create their own pages.
The time should be given for the children to add detail to their stories, when telling them – time for embellishment and questioning. I have used it before with two classes, and I have been using as part of my mentoring with some of the Year 6 children.follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself – and starts to ponder what makes him HIM. Either way, this is a really fun focal point for classrooms and one that works best if children are given enlarged or close-up access to the illustrations.
The boy lists everything that comes to his mind, from details about his family and particular features of his body, to many of the things he likes and dislikes. Each page shows something different, such as his Likes and Dislikes and the Things I Can and Can’t Do. Some children are more than happy to wear their heart on their sleeve, whereas others may be much more reticent.What is shared may or may to be quite personal, but crucially, that decision is made by the children. Distrusting the apple’s convincing appearance, the child’s imagination spirals upwards and outwards into a madcap fantasy world – maybe it’s a star from outer space with tiny aliens on board? After we have shared ideas as a class – I don’t force any individual kid to share unless they are wiling to at this point – we can then get onto producing our own page. Bursting with imaginative illustrations, this thought-provoking book offers an engaging and enjoyable experience that not only sparks discussion but also serves as an ideal catalyst for exploring the concept of each person’s distinct uniqueness.
I am interrogating the role of anecdotes in the classroom at the minute – I guess this is my little teaching preoccupation – and this book has a great scope for it. The way I see it, the book is a gentle introduction to introspection – when kids read it and begin to think about how they would programme their own robot, they tiptoe towards a kind of reflection on selfhood that doesn’t come instinctively to them. Follows a child's hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself and starts to ponder what makes him HIM. A vital closing part to this session should be the opportunity for children to share their work with each other in the class, perhaps randomising it in some way so that they are not necessarily just sharing with their best friends. follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought following the death of his grandfather and the discovery of his journal, in which his grandfather had jotted his thoughts about life after death and the ideal heaven.
Storytelling can go beyond narrating the written word, and I think there is merit in pupils ability to speak narratively about their own experiences.
is one of those so well written and profound picture books that dare to explore big, philosophical concepts in such a hilarious and inventive way, that by the time you finish reading it, notions like existentialism, individuality, selfhood or life experience are already familiar. as Yoshitake’s reflection on individualism and the importance of building strong selves is a delight.In telling these stories, what you are needing to do yourself, and what you are encouraging in the kids, is the ability to spin a good yarn – to speak humorously or with pathos, to be able to pre-empt the reactions it might get and to withhold certain information until the very end, to be able to identify the key parts of the ‘plot’ and to tell it appropriately. Soon, Kevin realizes that he is the embodiment of all his younger selves and although he was made by two parents, he created his own history and developed his particular characteristics. Often, the fact that some children are willing to share does prompt other children to be a bit more confident to reflect and share. Does the book contain anything that teachers would wish to know about before recommending in class (strong language, sensitive topics etc.