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Going Places

Last updated Monday, July 6, 2015

Author: Paul Reynolds
Illustrator: Peter Reynolds
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 1442466081
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2015

Synopsis: A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. It’s time for this year’s Going Places contest! Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it—and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit, and scrambles to build. Everyone but Maya. She sure doesn’t seem to be in a hurry...and that sure doesn’t look like anybody else’s go-cart! But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only one way to cross the finish line? This sublime celebration of creative spirit and thinking outside the box—both figuratively and literally—is ideal for early learners, recent grads, and everyone in between

Note to readers:
•  The book is based on the short animation "Above and Beyond": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KMM387HNQk.
•  This book centers around the ideas of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever built anything?
•  Do you have contests at school? What kind of contests?
•  What would be your dream invention?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think Maya and Rafael followed the rules of the "Going Places" contest?
•  What do you think your teacher would say if you didn't make exactly what you were told to make?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a picture of something you want to invent.
•  Make your own version of a go-kart using paper towel rolls and construction paper. For pictures and directions, see: hhttp://www.handimania.com/diy/toilet-paper-roll-race-cars.html.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!