Clara & Senor Frog
by Campbell Geeslin Illustrated by Ryan Sanchez
About Campbell Geeslin
About Ryan Sanchez
Ryan Sanchez is an artist, illustrator, and educator. He was raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. To keep himself entertained as a child, he drew on sidewalks, streets, walls, shoes, clothing, textbooks, and anything else he could get his hands on.
Luckily, he did not grow out of his passion for the art. Ryan went on to college and earned a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1995, and a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2000.
In 2002, he moved to New York to build on his street cred. Since then, his illustrations have widely been used in the editorial, advertising, and publishing world and have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 X 3 Magazine, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators.
After 5 years of grinding the pavements of the Big Apple, he quickly rose to through the ranks. During this time, his paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, London, Canada, and Switzerland. In 2007, Schwartz and Wade Books published Ryan’s first illustrated children’s book, Clara and Senor Frog, written by Campbell Geeslin. Later that year, he decided to slow things down...REALLY slow things down, and moved to the South.
ABOUT THE BOOK!
Introduction to the book
Soon, her mother falls in love with him, and they are married in his studio. The wedding is well-attended by their friends including El Mago the magician, a funny wrinkle-faced man with hair brushed over his balding head and very big teeth. Miguel and Clara bond while he teaches her about art, and Clara becomes enthralled with the magic of creative art. She poses for her stepfather, as does her mother, and he paints them in their finery along with imaginary flowers, birds and whatever else he envisions.
Standard: RL.2.1–Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Objective: The students will be able to identify the characters, setting, and details of what happens in the story.
Standard: RL.2.7- Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Objective: The students will be able to describe the personality of the main character using pictures or words from the book.
A:This book would be great in teaching creativity and imagination, but it is also an incredible book to read if you have students who have had parents remarry. It would even be good for students who are about to go through that or who even have the possibility of that happened in their family life. I think talking about Clara and her emotions through this experience would be a healthy way for students to in a way talk through those emotions they may be feeling through the character.
Q:How will I model or explain what I want them to learn?
A:I could have them practice observation skills by writing down something they're wearing or doing that shows an emotion or personality trait. I could also have them practice this with me or other students. Making sure to note facial expressions, clothing, body posture, and the things we say. This way the students will be ready to analyze and understand the characters in the book.
Q:How will I have them apply this?
A:I would have them write down this personality traits and emotions of Clara, Senor Frog, Mama, or Tia Mia.