I love art. And while I am no Picasso, I still enjoy drawing, painting, and creating artwork in many different forms. One of my goals as a parent is to encourage Juliet to express herself through art and to appreciate other people's art. Here are a few books that celebrate the artist inside of all of us.
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
You might remember my review of The Dot by the same author several weeks ago. We saw this one at the library and had to check it out. We loved it for the story and for the message behind the story. Ramon, the main character, loves to draw. He draws all the time until one day, his older brother laughs at his drawing and says it doesn't look like what he is trying to draw.
Discouraged, he tries to make his drawings look "right," but eventually gives up, frustrated and angry. He gives up until he discovers that his little sister, Marisol, has kept all his crumpled up, discarded drawings and hung them up in her room. She points to her favorite drawing and he says, "That was SUPPOSED to be a vase of flowers, but it doesn't look like one." She responds with, "Well, it looks vase-ISH!"
This "ish" concept changes the way Ramon sees his art and himself. He begins drawing again with renewed life and energy because "thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow freely." I thought that this might be over Juliet's head, but she loved the book. I was surprised to hear her giggle as I read the words on the final page, "The End-ish." She loves that part. Read/Listen to Ish online (Thanks to Ana @ Barefooted Blessings for the link to Tumblebooks!)
The Magical Drawings of Moony B. Finch by David McPhail
I found this book while on a bookhunting mission for my friend, Angel. I brought it home and just couldn't resist reading it before mailing it out to her. It's such an amazing book, that I had to order it for Juliet right away. It's out of print (published in 1978), but I found it easily on Alibris.com.
The story is of a little boy who loved to draw. One day he is drawing picture in a park and his drawings begin coming to life. People start asking him to draw things they want for themselves like a treasure chest full of gold coins, a limousine, etc. But eventually, Moony gets tired of their greed and draws a dragon to scare them all away. Then he erases the big dragon and draws one final little drawing (of a little dragon) and goes home--walking his pet dragon on a leash beside him.
Here are some other books that go with the artistic theme that you should also check out. I've reviewed them in previous posts, so you can click the links to access those.
Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
The ABCs of Art (Baby Einstein)
Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (Read The Dot online Free at Tumblebooks--courtesy of Ana @ Barefooted Blessings!)
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
What are your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know!