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. 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.