I'm guessing most of you are already big fans of Eric Carle, but in case you don't know about him, you need to check his books out! Probably the most well-known is the Very Hungry Caterpillar, but he has a lot of other books that are just as great.
Draw Me A Star is one of those great ones. We like to go to the C section in the library and see what Eric Carle books are there every week. I have to admit, a few of them have been duds (won't name names here), but most are big hits. This one is particularly great, I think.
We have read this one many, many times this week. It starts out with the words, "Draw me a star. And the artist drew a star."
The illustrations show a person drawing a big blue star on the page. You turn the page and see the star filled in with many colors--a work of art, if you will.
The story continues with "Draw me a sun, said the star. And the artist drew the sun." This time the illustrations only show a huge shining sun, but no artist. This always causes juliet to whisper, "Where's the artist?"
We talked about what an artist is and I think maybe she understands now. I asked her if she was an artist and she said, "NO!"
Maybe we need to discuss it a bit more.
What I love so much about this book is the illustrations. You can see the thick brush strokes--especially on the page where the artist is drawing a dark night. I like that it is bright and bold and engaging for children and adults to look at. I promise you will enjoy it as much as your child. Great bedtime reading material.
If you really fall in love with this book, I found a site called Every Picture Tells a Story that sells a page from this book as art. I think it would look great in a kids room. Unfortunately, for me, the prints are a bit out of my price range. But maybe not for you.
You may also enjoy the official eric carle website
which includes among other things this complete list of his books--might be helpful to check it out if you really like his stuff.
Activity Idea: Creative Story-Telling
The last page shows the artist traveling across the night sky--holding onto the star. I like asking Juliet where she thinks they are going. If you have an older child, you could easily use this story as an inspiration for a new one. Just have them continue the adventure aloud or have them draw pictures to illustrate where they think the artist is going. I suggest using a big, thick paint brush and bright tempera paint--do it Eric Carle style.
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(These first two links will take you to some reading lists that include reviews of Eric Carle books:)