Thursday, October 14, 2010

image A Cloak for the dreamer

I picked up A Cloak For The Dreamer by Aileen Friedman since it belongs to the same Brainy Day series as The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns. There is a mathematical undertone in the story even though I think my daughter missed it entirely and just enjoyed the story for the story’s sake. It’s about a tailor with three sons who create their first stitched fabrics and then fashion their first cloaks out of the fabrics that they created. One of the sons (the dreamer) tries to make a fabric out of circles and discovers that it’s full of holes. Oct12_Mosaic1 This also helps his father realize that he should let his youngest son follow his true dream of traveling the world and making his own destiny. The illustrations set the story in the Eastern European town that could very easy be my country of Belarus (especially considering that all the sons have names that are so familiar to me – Ivan, Alex and Misha).

I had several different ideas about story extensions for this book, but they all Oct12_Mosaic2 required a bit of prep (like cutting out necessary shapes), and I didn’t have time for this. Luckily, we had a lot of tiny square pieces left from the mosaic craft that Anna liked so much. So I got a paper doll cutout and those leftover mosaics and suggested to Anna to make a coat (a cloak is incomprehensible to her) for her paper doll. She was very enthusiastic about it, and enjoyed the whole project. Even the frames from the mosaic were used. She was very pleased with her end result.

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17 comments:

Christy said...

I'll have to look for this book. I love the final result too; Anna did a great job! It seems like she is enjoying crafts a little more lately!

MaryAnne said...

I think this book sounds neat! A coat made out of circles - what an intriguing idea...

And Anna did a great job on her coat!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

This is a great book! I love books with Eastern European themes! (Didn't know you were from Belarus!)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very smart to use the stick on mosaic pieces!

Debbie said...

This turned out so cute. I bet she really enjoyed this project.

MommyWise said...

I still have not done a START project. I'm such a bad MOM!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

She did a great job Natalie! Took so much time too, that is super!

I also think this book sounds like a good one.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Sounds like a great book! My daughter loves those mosaic stickers, too.

Michelle said...

I love how this project turned out!! Thank you for linking up to stART :0)

The girl who painted trees said...

I love how her project turned out. It is so colorful:)

sbswtp said...

it came out great! So fun :-)

Aging Mommy said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

littlewondersdays said...

This book sounds fascinating. Her craft is beautiful, very colorful. I like using what I have on hand and ready too.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Great idea! I love those doll cutouts too, and I've started getting them in different shapes (most recently, dinosaurs).

RedTedArt said...

Oh my, I LOVE her man. Didn't she do well! So cute!

Maggy
Kids Get Crafty
http//www.redtedart.com

Charlene said...

Love how it looks...cool coat, er cloak!

Ticia said...

FYI: Michael's sells a foam sticker box of shapes....... And they stick very well to the floor and do not come off well.

Other than that, they're great for making say "Scary monsters....."