Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

The Line

Bossio, Paula (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781894786843 (hardcover)
Original language: Spanish
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view

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:

A little girl stumbles onto a plain black line, and endless opportunities for adventure and mischief ensue. With a wiggle and a shake, the line becomes a slide, a giant bubble or a jungle vine for swinging with monkeys. And while the line can become a scary monster, it can also quickly morph into a comforting teddy bear.

The question is, is there something, or someone, at the other end making it all happen? Children will have to wait until the last page to find out.

Simple, uncluttered pencil illustrations on textured white paper imbue the narrative with a sense of movement and fluidity, prompting the imagination of readers despite little or no use of colour. One long pencil sketch becomes the catalyst for exploration and discovery.

This wordless picture book is a tribute to the infinite possibilities of art and creative play. Readers will surely be tempted to create their own ‘story lines.’

  •  

    Brainstorm for expressions and situations involving lines: waiting in line, lining up, lined paper, clotheslines, stripes, line of fire, chorus line, tree line, skyline, road lines, writing lines, learn your lines, timeline, telephone line . . .

  •  

    Choose a page and identify what the girl is feeling. Discuss or write what happens next.

  •  

    Record yourself telling the story aloud.

  •  

    Tell your own story, using a length of string to illustrate it as you go. Alternatively, pass the string from one person to the next, adding to a continuous story.

  •  

    Tell your own story, using a length of string to illustrate it as you go. Alternatively, pass the string from one person to the next, adding to a continuous story.

  •  

    Choose a page and chart the vocabulary you could use to describe the line: straight, crooked, swirly, zigzag, smooth, etc. 

  •  

    Imagine a story based on a line and describe the situation that might ensue.

  •  Record yourself telling the story aloud.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • Visual Arts