I remember that when I was a kid, one of the best stories my parents would “read” to me was actually a wordless picture book by Mercer Mayer called A boy, a dog, and a frog.
It never really occurred to us that the story changed a little each time, or that it may have even had a different ending each time.
The brand new kids book FOSSIL by Bill Thomson is also a wordless book, and I couldn’t wait to hear the stories my own kids would come up with when they opened the book.
When a boy and his dog go for a hike, the boy trips on a fossil, and it comes to life, revealing an ancient plant. The boy is so intrigued that he breaks two more fossils that come to life—a dragonfly and a pteranodon. When these prehistoric creatures collide with present reality, the boy must figure out a way to make things go back to normal. Visually told through art, this “wordless story” will surely spark imagination and creativity.
I enjoyed hearing quite a variety of tales over a few evenings of reading FOSSIL before bed. Of course, both of my younger boys had to give it a go and try to one-up the other with wit and humor each time.
Kids truly seem to love letting their imaginations soar with wordless books. I think they know that they’re not going to get it wrong, and that whatever they see and tell is the way the story goes.
Check out this adorable video to see what other kids have had to say about it-
As for my own kids, they give is a full 80 stars!
About the author-
Bill Thomson has been called “a master at visual storytelling.” He is the illustrator of several children’s books, including Chalk (Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2010), which received many accolades. Thomson is also Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford. He lives with his family in Connecticut. Visit Bill at www.billthomson.com.
Be sure to check out the FOSSIL blog tour-
Nov 9- Booking Mama
Nov 11- NC Teacher Stuff
Nov 12- Just a Little Creativity
Nov 13- There’s a Book
Nov 14- Sharpread
Nov 15- Kid Lit Frenzy
Nov 18- Once Upon a Story
Nov 19- The Children’s Book Review
Nov 20- 5 Minutes for Books
Nov 21- Geo Librarian
Nov 22- Growing with Science
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