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Imagine a Day

Gonsalves, Rob (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2005. 36 pages
First published: 2005
ISBN: 9780689852190 (hardcover)
9781442436787 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language, recurring patterns, setting

Award

Governor General’s Literary Award – 2005

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This read-aloud companion to the acclaimed Imagine A Night also stretches the limits of visual exploration with stunning acrylic paintings that engage children’s imaginations and inspire their creativity. Rather than tell a straightforward story, the book gently invites readers to imagine days when the ordinary becomes extraordinary: “Imagine a day when grace and daring are all we need to build a bridge.… Imagine a day when the edge of the map is only the beginning of what we can explore.”

Surrealist full-page images, reminiscent of the works of MC Escher and Rene Magritte, convey the theme of endless possibilities by depicting magical and strangely improbable feats: on a cloudy day, a girl slowly releases thousands of blue balloons that rise up and become blue sky; children on an ordinary tree-swing swoop majestically and magically over their small town.

Embedded in the poetic, lyrical text are important lessons about living a full and rich life. Each page is a new invitation, another challenge, to take a risk or see the world in a different way: the perfect book for dreaming about what could be.

  •  

    Discuss the illustrations and the poem. How is the interpretation of the poem unique in each illustration?

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    Choose one of the illustrations and use it as a starting point for writing a story.

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    Choose one of the pages of verse and continue that poem for a few more lines/stanzas. Present the poem as you show the illustrations to other students.

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    Read along with the teacher.

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    Imagine you are inside the pictures. Talk about what you are doing, and what you see, hear, smell and feel.

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    Use a photo, drawing or magazine picture to create your own “Imagine a day when…”

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Visual Arts