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39 REVIEWS December 2018 Professionally Speaking Your guide to recently released books and other teaching resources. For additional reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. With the exception of some classroom sets, items reviewed are available on loan from the Margaret Wilson Library at the College. Contact Olivia Hamilton at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679 or email library@oct.ca. Brainsprouting: How to Become Fearlessly Creative and Have Better Ideas More Often, self-published, 2017, softcover, ISBN 978-0-9849402-6-4, 122 pages, $19.95, brainsproutingbook.com Brainsprouting BY JOEL HILCHEY AND BRANDON LOVE "Brainsprouting" is a whole new approach to accessing your creative powers, unleashing innovative ideas and solving intricate problems that brainstorming rarely achieves. The authors take the reader back to past memories of brainstorming experiences in elementary school when we would be asked to list five ideas for a project. Only one of those ideas (usually, the first) would stand up to scrutiny so we could finish the list with just about anything to satisfy the brainstorming requirement. The list of five so-called plausible ideas allowed teachers to believe they had encouraged the creative- thinking process. But really, why waste time thinking beyond our obvious first choice? Brainsprouting is different. It is designed to encourage students to visualize tiny, creative plants popping up all over the surface of the brain. Light bulbs hover above and are all set to energize this garden of sprouting plants. No matter what our profession, our ability to think creatively leads us to challenge our ideas. When our ideas don't work, we try another. And another. That develops resilience and fearless creativity. We learn to have fun with our ideas. Anyone involved in a leadership role would benefit from reading this book, which offers a carefully developed blueprint to maximize the creative flow of ideas within their groups. Dorothea Bryant, OCT, tutors primary and junior students in reading and writing. A Cage Went in Search of a Bird BY CARY FAGAN, ILLUSTRATED BY BANAFSHEH ERFANIAN One day, a discarded, empty cage takes a big risk. It leaves the safe confines of the attic to find a perfect occupant, a bird who would appreciate it for what it was. Out in the world, it faces ridicule and rejection. It is laughed at, ignored and put down for its appearance and size. Lonely and alone, the cage bravely continues its search, sensing there must be a bird out there that wants and needs it. When the worried cage finally meets the perfect bird, it feels the immediate sense of the acceptance and inclusion. The foundation of this story is based on a Franz Kafka aphorism that seeks to understand what it means for people to fill their personal sense of emptiness (the cage) with community (the bird). A Cage Went in Search of a Bird creates a vibrant landscape of words and pictures showing the deep longing of the cage to belong and the rich diversity and uniqueness of each of the characters who end up rejecting it. The book would be a wonderful addition to a primary mental health library as the themes of belonging, resilience and acceptance appear throughout. Discussions with children might explore how friendships develop, how friends are kind and support each other, and how we each have unique gifts to share. It would also be a great model for teaching about personification, as the cage takes on human qualities. Anne Marie Landon, OCT, is a principal with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board. A Cage Went in Search of a Bird, Groundwood Books, Toronto, 2017, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-55498-861-7, 32 pages, $18.95, an imprint of House of Anansi Press, groundwoodbooks.com

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