It's hard to believe, but my students are even more excited about this book than me. Four of them chose this book to win the Caldecott. You can see photos of them below. One image all four of them are writing about is the genius page where Humpty is about to climb the ladder. But instead of placing Humpty at the bottom of the page looking up at the ladder, Dan Santat placed Humpty on top of the page, staring down the ladder, and more importantly staring down his fear. Wouldn't we all like to stare down our fears?
Activity name: Stare Down Your Fears
Activity description: Draw a picture of yourself at the top of the page. Underneath draw whatever it is you're afraid of: spiders, snakes, heights, fire. It doesn't matter what the fear is. What matters, is that you put yourself on top of the fear to show, that you're no longer weaker than that fear. You're not only ready to face it, you're ready to overcome it.
Here's a link to Matthew Winner's podcast with Dan Santat: www.allthewonders.com/?s=Dan+Santat
Here's a link to Nick Patton's podcast with Dan Santat: www.allthewonders.com/podcasts/dan-santat-picturebooking-episode-83/
Here's a link to PW KidsCast. conducted by John Sellers, with Dan Santat: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/podcasts/index.html?channel=5&podcast=725
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.