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Sarabella's Thinking Cap

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Author/Publisher/Website: Schachner, J.
Copyright: 2017
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Jun/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780525429180
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

Sarabella is totally absorbed in thinking, questioning, and daydreaming, so much so that her teacher and her peers wonder what she’s thinking about. When the class is given an assignment to draw a picture of their favourite daydream people’s perception of Sarabella is changed when she shares her daydream by wearing it – a thinking cap covered in her thoughts, dreams, and ideas. This picture book, with rich, stylistic illustrations, emphasizes the importance of encouraging children to think, question, and wonder and fostering inquiry, imagination, and daydreaming as a part of learning. Suited as a class read-aloud to initiate discussion of the power of imagination and wondering.


Does the resource support BC curriculum?
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Creative Thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
This title corresponds with K-3 English Language Arts curricula connecting with the Big Ideas of how "stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves, our families, and our communities" and how "language and story can be a source of creativity and joy." The book also matches K-3 Arts Education curricula connecting with the Big Idea of how "people connect to others and share ideas through the arts." The ability to express feelings and opinions through art is supported by this highly illustrated picture book where the emphasis is on the visuals and not the text.


Social Considerations Comments:
There are no social considerations found in this title.


Is the resource engaging?
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Students can connect with this picture book in terms of the characterization, setting, and plot of the story. The language used in the book allows for young readers to understand the content of the plot easily. The primary setting of the book is in a primary class in a school. The protagonist is a daydreamer and is constantly in daydream mode during class time. Readers will be able to relate to the story given that many personal connections can be made.


Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Is the resource easy to use?
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
This book is full of rich and stylistic illustrations. These engaging visuals capture the readers' attention and draw their focus on the thoughts of the main character. The daydreams are depicted through the beautiful illustrations that would catch the attention of both female and male readers. The illustrations also represent a variety of school subjects such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The font and text size are large enough to read and appealing to the eye. The layout of the text is carefully positioned among the illustrations.


Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Plot description:
Sarabella is constantly thinking, questioning, and daydreaming. She is always so preoccupied with her thoughts that her peers and teacher are left wondering what she is thinking about. Sarabella's teacher believes that she is not focused at school and her peers just accept that she is different. Her family are the only people who really accept her for who she is. A school assignment changes people's perception of Sarabella and her daydreaming when the children are asked to draw a picture of their favourite daydream. Sarabella decides to share her dreams by "wearing it." She creates a Thinking Cap to visually show her thoughts and this inspires her peers to do the same.
Related Comments:
The act of thinking, questioning, wondering and daydreaming should be encouraged, especially with young minds. The book emphasizes the need for adults to encourage and foster notions of inquiry and imagination in young children. This book supports the idea that daydreaming should not be discouraged but rather accepted as part of learning.
Literary Highlights:
Rich Characterization
Point of view
Picture Book
Visual Highlights:
Picture Book


At intended grade level(s)


This picture book can be used as a whole class read-aloud to initiate a class discussion about the power of imagination and wondering. A lesson on personal connections to the book can be done with the class where they share their own daydreams with one another. A visual arts project can be an extension from this book where the students can create their own Thinking Caps to share and display in the classroom.