Book: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse / El Artista Que Pintó un Caballo Azul by Eric Carle
Props: Paint Brush (or broom)
Technology: Projected Scans on Screen
Presenters: Two (could be done with one)
Audience: Family Storytime
We did an "Eric Carle" themed storytime recently. Sheila's been taking Spanish classes and this seemed like a good story to do in both languages. And since Carle's illustrations are so excellent and our crowds are too big to use the book, we did the scan and project thing, using some simple PowerPoint animation to add a bit of visual surprise.
We traced each animal on white paper and scanned that picture. (We didn't scan the little window in the middle of the horse...that's me messing up on my copying and pasting).
Then we scanned the illustration from the book and line that up exactly even with the outline. Then you do Animation / Appear / Fly In for the colored illustration. If it "flies in" from right to left, and you set the time for a good 6 seconds, it looks like the outline is getting slowly filled by the colors.
So to tell the story, we'd show the outline, then I'd say "I wonder what color the artist is going to paint this animal?" Sheila steps up with her artist clothes and a broom (to act as a giant paintbrush) and strokes along the screen as the color fills the animal. So it kind of looks like she's painting it.
When the animal is filled in, I say the English words ("Blue Horse") and Sheila says the Spanish ones ("Caballo Azul") as the written words for both appear above the animals.
Simple to tell, and lots of fun. I acted surprised the first few times the Artist painted an animal an unusual color, but then added comments like "I've never seen an orange lion before...but I love it!" We do enough stories where getting something wrong is a joke, and we wanted to be sure the kids got the point that the colors the Artist chose were imaginative and creative, not "wrong" at all.
For the last animal Sheila poked her broom/brush instead of stroking to convey the dot making for the polka dotted donkey. A very nice touch by Carle to give us a bit of a surprise at the end....