Kindergarteners are reading William Steig’s book Rotten Island in art class. William Steig wrote and illustrated many excellent children’s books, including Doctor De Soto, Amos and Boris, and Shrek. Rotten Island is a book about rotten monsters and their rotten lives! The monsters on the island can swim, crawl, fly, slither, and even wheel around. Kindergarteners design their own monsters that all have a special property: they’re symmetrical! First, students fold a piece of paper in half, then cut a wiggly line along the folded edge. When the paper is opened, sometimes it looks like it could be a monster body, and sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t look like a monster yet, students can fold it back up again and try cutting out more shapes. When the body is finished, students think about monstrous details like horns, claws, scales, teeth, and eyes, and collage them on. Some kindergarteners decided they wanted their monsters to be nice, and some wanted monsters that were scary and fierce. There was also a king monster, a monster with hair, a Valentine monster, and a set of monster triplets!