We got our box of books today by Sarah Janisse Brown and all three girls claimed their favorites so quickly that I hardly got a chance to spread a few books out nicely for this picture!.
My 9 year old was already over at the little table drawing away in her new "Teach Yourself to draw Cats" (Link to it here.) Can I just say - most brilliant way of teaching drawing ever! As a kid I'd try to use those sorts of drawing books that had the general shape, then add a bit more to those shapes and continue adding like this and then the 8th image (or so) would have the final picture that was IMPOSSIBLE to recreate that perfectly if you actually perfectly followed the first 7 instruction drawings! So, I thought there was something wrong with me that I couldn't use those "how to draw" sorts of books. I came up with my own way of learning to draw and would trace or just look at detailed drawings. Eventually I moved to drawing real pictures of things and then to real life. I would have been really happy to have books like this that *actually* taught me to draw in the way that made sense to me!
|Next step is where even larger pieces are taken away and you are supposed to finish the drawing to look like the original. And the right page is totally blank to practice "free hand" still looking at the original picture on the bottom right.|
|Very last page of this drawing section (on the left) just says to keep practicing! .. which I'm thinking could be drawing anything or the thing they were just learning to draw. Then the page on the right starts a new picture to learn to draw.|
I ALSO just got this book for my 9 year old to "read write and spell 100 easy Bible verses" and am loving the style!
One page is finished with all the coloring! Also, I'm going to need to get some more gel highlighters. The girls are loving these, smooth and don't run through to the other side of the page. I think they will each need their own set.
"A Day Like Tomorrow - for the moms and kids who dream about living in the country" SINCE we live deep in the city in an apartment on a busy street near a noisy freeway I'm pretty constantly wishing I were in the country. I'm not a city person at all so the past 5 years haven't been easy.
I've thought before about doing a visual journal type book or something for my recipes! Instead of having lots of books (with only a few recipes I actually use!) or lots of loose papers stuffed everywhere. Enter, the "make your own" series of books! There are several of Sarah Janisse Brown books that are a DIY or "make your own book" style. It's like a journal, only she has lovely doodles (that you can color) around the places to write or draw pictures. I'm planning to do some writing in it and some gluing recipes straight into it! I'm hoping that works well, but it will be fun I think. I might even take pictures of the recipes I make also and add those in like a scrapbook or something.
If anyone is looking for some good right brain style creative learning sorts of books for any age I'm SURE you can find one that will fit what you are interested in by this author!