Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Crayon Box That Talked

Anna’s preschool had a Scholastic online book sale. They gave us a few catalogs to choose from, and it was pretty hard for me not to go overboard. There were so many good books available, but we stuck with books for sale, and we got this delightful book for $1. It’s a beautifully illustrated story about the crayons that didn’t get along in the beginning. Then they all create a beautiful picture together. I thought it would be a good occasion to tear Anna away from markers. My stubborn girl doesn’t like to color and only wants to draw with markers. Oct14_Coloring_SM I think she got frustrated with crayons early on – we had a crappy cheap set, and the crayons broke very easily. She doesn’t like things to break – that’s a typical German in her :) She still didn’t want to use crayons, but agreed to pencils. I was hoping to make a stick puppet out of that scarecrow, but Anna spent most of the time just rearranging her pencils and talking about the story. It looks like she remembered most of it by heart. She drew an ocean for her scarecrow and scribbled red hair, then suddenly she left her pencils and was off to scribble on her magnetic board practicing her favorite letter A. Still, it is a fun book, and we enjoyed drawing with pencils… even if only for a little bit.

16 comments:

Brimful Curiosities said...

Yes, it is hard not to go overboard with those scholastic book sales! Funny she doesn't like crayons, but it sounds like the story works with pencils as well. :)

Trudie said...

So great when they enjoy their books! It looks as if she enjoyed herself!

SANDRA said...

We love the book the Crayon Box that talked. We read and did an art activity with that in January of this year.

My oldest prefers Markers too. :)

Elsie said...

This is one of our favorites!! I also love a lot of Mem Fox books. She seems to have those good themes in her books. One of our favorite Mem Fox books is Whoever you are.

Orange Juice said...

we got that one too! for a dollar how can you not? & I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

Christy said...

I love Scholastic book sales! I haven't noticed this book before. All three of my children prefer markers over crayons and I have bought Crayola, soy, crayon rocks, and triangular crayons. So, why do children prefer markers? If you find out, let me know. I love crayons.

Susana said...

She's a girl with a plan:-), even if it is her own! I like that about her!

I've never heard of this book. Thanks for sharing it.

I'll miss those Scholastic sales through school:-).

Booklover1212 said...

I just picked up my daughter's order this morning. I LOVE Scholastic and The Crayon Box is one of my favorite stories!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

whisperingwhispers said...

I will have to look for this book, thank you for sharing. Anna is definately a determined little girl who knows what she likes, dislikes, and wants, but is very creative about it, That is Great!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

This sounds like a book we would enjoy. And I love scholastic books - I would've spent a ton! I love how Anna is so imaginative with every little thing!

Susana said...

I gave you some awards!

Valerie said...

Awwww... she is so cute and what a fun book and activity! My daughter has been preferring colored pencils too lately... maybe they are in fashion now?

inneedofchocolate said...

We also love those book sales! I just turned in an order where I had to keep cutting back and cutting back to stay within a reasonable budget :) My 2.5yo typically spends more times arranging and re-arranging her markers (which she prefers) or pencils or crayons that she does working on her pictures.

Ticia said...

I love that book! I too have a real hard time not going overboard at book sales, book stores..... etc....
So, in general kids prefer markers because it is easier and more quick to get a lot of color very quickly. It takes less work and gives them more tangible results.

MaryAnne said...

That book sounds really fun, I'm going to request it from our library. I love the book reviews on your blog; it's hard to find books in the library with three small children along, so I rely almost exclusively on reviews from blogs these days.

onelittleroom.com said...

Tornado Boy isn't a huge fan of crayons, either. He does like to do rubbings with them, though. Our local children's museum has some dinosaur reliefs that he can rub over to create pictures - he thinks those are pretty cool. You can do them with textured things in nature like leaves as well.