What color apple do you see?

Oct 6, 2013

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Edwards Family

For me being a connected educator means more than just being in and participating in online communities ...

I think it is about being connected ...

Creating, having, and/or exploring those connections no matter where and how they may occur ...

Online and offline ...

The image on Wonderopolis one day last week reminded me of that ...




What stands out the most?

The apple that is blue!

As soon as my friend Natalie, who happens to be a librarian, saw it she immediately thought of a book ...

She made a connection and shared it with me ...

While telling me about the book, she was walking around the library looking for it ...

While she was telling me about the book, I was searching for it too ....

She found the book ...

Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan

Here is the part of the story Natalie connected the Wonderopolis image with ...

All of the students painted trees with straight brown trunks, round green tops, and red apple.

Everyone except Willow.

Miss Hawthorne pointed with a long, bony finger. "Look at the mess you've made!"

"And there is no such thing as a blue apple!"

"But that is what I saw when I closed my eyes," said Willow.

How many times do others not see the same thing we see?

Think about the many factors that contribute to what one may see when they look at an object or situation ...

Here is some information from that Wonderopolis Wonder:

Is it possible that different people can look at the same things and see something different? New research has led scientists to believe that may be true.

While Natalie was searching for the book, I was searching for websites ...

I found a nice review of Willow on The Artful Parent: Children's art, seasonal crafts, and family fun:

Of course I love this book. How could I not? I love the messages about imagination and creativity in art, love the example that Willow provides to her classmates and teacher, and love the idea of Miss Hawthorn pulling a 180 and changing from a strict art-hating teacher to one who embraced her own creativity and that of her students.

And the authors of Willow have a great website with projects, activities, and even more ...

I am excited that my connections helped me discover this great book:

Willow is a story about creativity, and the magical things that can happen when imagination is allowed to run wild. But most of all, it's a story about the profound influence of one little girl.

Without being connected to Wonderopolis, my friend, and a library, I would not even know about this great book!

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