Week 1: Matthew’s Dream, Leo Lionni
- dreariness: boring and lifeless
- entranced: filled with delight
- float: to rest on top of the surface of a liquid without sinking
- immense: extremely large
- remains: the parts left over after something is gone
- The hungry bird pecked at the remains of my sandwich.
- The broken toy boat would not float in the pond.
- The beauty of the rainbow entranced the viewers.
- The mountain was immense.
- The long car ride filled me with dreariness.
- Matthew was a poor mouse who lived in a dusty corner.
- Matthew and his classmates were taken to the museum.
- When Matthew saw a painting of rushing streams, he knew he had found the wide world.
- One painting of a mouse looked like crusts of a pastry.
- Walking through the museum, Matthew met another mouse.
- In Matthew’s dream, he and Nicoletta were walking hand in hand, in an immense, fantastic painting.
- When Matthew woke up he told his parents that he wants to be a painter.
- Matthew’s canvasses were filled with the shapes and colors of joy.
- Matthew married Nicolleta and in time he became famous.
- Matthew named his last painting “My Dream.”
Week 2: The Art Lesson, Tomie dePaola
- carpenter: a person who builds things with wood
- collected: having kept special things for long time
- practice: repeated work on something to become better
- sheets: rectangular pieces of paper or fabric
- smock: a loose shirt worn over clothes to protect them
- The boys collected toy trains.
- To get food at piano you must practice.
- The student drew on many sheets of paper.
- The man hired a carpenter to build a table made of wood.
- The artist wore a smock so that his clothes would not get dirty.
- 1. Tommy liked to draw pictures.
- His pictures got put up in his room, around the house, in the barbershop, and in the grocery store.
- Once, Tommy drew pictures on his sheets, but his mom washed them.
- In the new house, Tommy got to draw pictures on the unpainted walls.
- Tommy was excited for the art lessons in kindergarten.
- The paints in kindergarten cracked on the paper when it dried.
- In fact, when Tommy was walking home, the paint blew right off the paper.
- For his birthday, Tommy got a box of sixty-four Crayola crayons.
- In art class, each child only got one piece of paper.
- Tommy did not want to copy the art teacher’s drawing.
- Tommy made a deal with the art teacher to do the same drawing as everyone else, then if there were time he could make his own drawings with his crayons.
- When Tommy grew up, he became an artist.
Week 3: Appelemando’s Dream, Patricia Polacco
- disappeared: become invisible
- drab: dull and lacking brightness
- galloping: running really fast
- shafts: long straight columns
- snickered: gave a quiet laugh
- The sky was drab and gray because it was about to rain.
- The light form the sunshine came in brilliant shafts.
- After the rain, the clouds disappeared and the sun came out.
- The child snickered when his friend told him a funny joke.
- The horse was galloping around the track to win the race.
- Appelemando was a boy who loved to dream.
- Appelemando and his friends shared a secret.
- When Appelemando dreamed, he and his friends could see them.
- His dreams floated up into the air.
- The dreams stuck to the wet piece of paper.
- One day Appelemando started to dream and the sun suddenly hid behind a gray storm cloud.
- After the storm, Appelemando’s dreams had stuck to the walls and storefronts of the town.
- When the dreams stuck to the walls, the townsfolk were stunned and some were angry.
- When the children tried to tell the townspeople about the dreams the more suspicious the elders became.
- After they had cleaned up, the children were so sad they didn’t watch the path and they got lost in the forest.
- The children were fond because Appelemando was able to dream and the pictures were seen floating in the air by the townspeople.
- The townspeople never again questioned the importance of dreams.
Week 4: Art Dog, Thacher Hurd
- apartment: a home in a building containing multiple homes
- creep: to move slowly and quietly
- glisten: to shine or sparkle
- seldom: not often, rarely
- tiptoe: to walk softly on the balls of the feet
- Robert saw the detective’s car creep slowly down the street.
- Jennifer cried when her best friend moved out of the apartment building next door.
- The mother seldom laughed when her son forgot to do his homework.
- The children were delighted by the glisten of sunshine on the snow after days of stormy weather.
- For fun, the girls walked on tiptoe across the freshly mowed lawn.
- Arthur likes his job at the art museum.
- Arthur loves art, but cannot decide on a favorite artist.
- On special nights, after eating and reading, Arthur puts on a mask, unlocks a box, and paints pictures.
- Art Dog wonders whether anyone will ever see his paintings.
- One night, the art museum’s alarm rings and the Chief of Police discovers the Mona Woofa has been stolen.
- The police threw Art Dog in jail because he had a brush in his paw.
- Art Dog escaped by painting a ladder and window from which he could jump out.
- Art Dog then painted a Brushmobile, rode off into the night, and slammed his brakes in front of a deserted warehouse.
- When the Chief of Police asked Art Dog how he knew where to find the mutts who stole the Mona Woofa, he told him that he could smell art a mile away.
- Art Dog captured the mutts who stole the Mona.
- The Museum Director liked Art Dog’s “masterpiece” and invited him to show his work at the Dogopolis Museum of Art.
- Everyone was amazed and speechless when they saw Art Dog’s City Rhapsody, but wondered who was Art Dog, painter in a Brushmobile, catcher of crooks, bringer of light to the Dogopolis night?
Week 5: Norman the Doorman, Don Freeman
- bamboozled: to be very confused
- bitter: very sharp and harsh
- dashed: ran somewhere very fast
- scooted: left quickly
- sculpture: a three dimensional piece of artwork
- The sculpture of President Lincoln was carved from solid marble.
- The dashed across the road after checking both ways.
- The winter that year was very cold and bitter.
- Carol scooted over to make room for Isabel in the reading circle.
- Everyone was bamboozled when the magician turned his rabbit into a dove.
- Norman would greet all of the art-loving mice who came to the museum. Pg 10
- The only worry that Norman had was avoiding the sharp-eyed upstairs guard. Pg 14
- His favorite hiding place was inside the helmet of the suit of armor. Pg 16
- In the helmet, Norman set up a little art studio. Pg 17
- One day he decided to make sculptures out of the mousetraps that he had made safe. Pg 19
- After working hard one day he made a sculpture he was very proud of that looked like a mouse on a flying trapeze. Pg 21
- Norman decided to enter the contest with his sculpture that he named, “TRAPEESE.” PG 28
- Norman was worried that the judges would not see his little sculpture among the larger works of the contestants. Pg 34/35
- Even though he was excited about the contest, Norman knew he still had a job to do.
- The museum director was confused and did not know who the artist was, but when the guard saw the art he knew who and where the artist was. Pg 42
- The guard discovered Norman standing guard outside and took him into the museum forthe awards ceremony. Pg 54/55
- The only request that Norman had was to see the upstairs part of the museum. Pg 59