Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins
What inspired Rowboat Watkins to create Most Marshmallows? Was it exploring new ways of looking at the world, celebrating the wonders of creativity, or was it delight in these pillowy confections most often found floating in a cup of hot chocolate?
The picture book’s introductory pages characterize marshmallows as common folk, born as sweet little puffs into homes with loving parents. They celebrate birthdays, watch TV, play outdoors. Weekdays are spent in school where they learn to be squishy and stand in rows. Evenings, the family sits down to dinner before young ones are tucked into bed. It’s a pleasant, predictable existence.
It's a Marshmallow World
Taking my cue from Watkins carefully arranged settings, I decided to try making my own surrealistic scenes.
I discovered these amazing big boys: Giant Roasters aka jumbo-sized marshmallows. The photo at right gives a sense of just how large these puff balls are.
With a few craft supplies, a handful of old F&G's (unbound, not-yet-published picture book pages), and my trusty glue gun I was ready to create my own marshmallow worlds.
I imagined my own fantastical scenes.
This was so much fun!
This book and the accompanying activity would make a good project for classrooms and after school projects.
Taking it one step further, it would make a terrific summer camp program.
After reading, try making whimsical marshmallow scenes and then celebrate your creation by toasting up some gooey treats. Triple the fun by adding chocolate and graham crackers for s'mores.
Several marshmallows were mutilated during this activity. Sadly, many of the marshmallows are no more. They were consumed. They were delicious!