I picked up Maisy’s Rainbow Dream from the library with the visions of a wonderful StArt project that should follow it. We read many Maisy stories by Lucy Cousins over years, and I am sure many of my readers know her bright colors and short sweet stories. They are good for beginning readers too, and Anna enjoyed reading this book in the car many-many times. At some point she began to sing it instead of reading it. My obvious choice for the StArt project was making a rainbow as a sort of an opening for St Patrick’s Day next week.
I really don’t know what made me think that my daughter might produce something resembling a rainbow. Probably I read too many blogs where children about her age somehow execute fairly complex structured projects and create spectacular art. My daughter has absolutely no interest in painting “like this picture in this book”, coloring anything or cutting along the lines. At least she doesn’t want to do it at home – her teachers keep telling me that she is pretty good at “directional art”. Perhaps, but she usually brings home coloring sheets where there is nothing on the coloring page, but a lot of doodles on the other side. Did you notice the tongue that she stuck at me? It’s when I suggested that she paints a rainbow. After two pages of brown blobs I convinced her to keep the colors somewhat separate, and she produced “cherry-vanilla icecream with lemon drops and plums”. Well, it’s not a rainbow dream, but it’s her art, and she had fun making it.
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