Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Ready to DreamAs we continue to study Australia, we read several books illustrated by the same artist Bronwyn Bancroft. One of her books was recommended either by Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom or by Sandra from Monkey See Monkey Do who both did great units on Australia recently. Our favorite was Ready to Dream by Donna Jo Napoli and Elena Furrow. In the book a white girl (an American, I think) who loves art comes to Australia on vacation and learns new way to experience art and to look at the world around her. It’s really a wonderful read in so many ways, because both the story line and the illustrations are very compelling. It’s rare for Anna nowadays to ask me to repeat the story, but we read this book several times in a row and discussed unique drawing style of Australian aborigines.

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Anna was quite enthusiastic about painting in aboriginal style, but I think I chose the wrong media. Drawing with markers might have been more interesting. She was enthusiastic about painting, but all her sheets of paper looked like the ones in the picture. As always, she was a lot more interested in color mixing than in actual painting. The only reason that we didn’t end up with universally brown art is because I only gave her yellow, orange and red color.

I am linking this post to StArt at A Mommy’s Adventures and History/Geography exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

10 comments:

Christy said...

That book sounds great. I love that she was inspired to create art after reading it. That's great!

MaryAnne said...

I love books where the illustrations and the story are compelling. That's neat that Anna was enthusiastic about her painting - and her artwork does look lovely =)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

But coloring mixing is so much fun! You can't really blame her for loving it.

Ticia said...

Must have been Sandra because I didn't read that, but it does look great.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I just requested this book as we are studying Australia too--thank you!

Smart to give her only colors that will mix "pretty" instead of muddy:-). I'll have to remember that one with Jack!!

It's great that Anna was enthusiastic to complete this project.

Debbie said...

I love her pieces of art! I agree with Leah, color mixing is just way too fun!

littlewondersdays said...

Even the cover of the book looks inviting. Great idea about limiting the paint colors.

Elise said...

I have been missing in action and can't believe I missed your unit on Australia. Miss Taleea has been up a lot the last week at night - I have been going to bed when Savvy and Blakie go to sleep as Taleea has been waking around 11:00pm and been very unsettled till the early hours of the morning - hence, there has been little time for blogging. Each day I wake up hoping that some teeth have finally come through, but still we wait :).

Anna's Aboriginal inspired paintings turned out well. They look lovely.

I am excited about your toy recommendations. I am determined this Christmas to ensure we do not end up with anything that is going to become a dust collector. It's hard when relatives buy presents that your children do not use. I am still deciding a sensitive and non offensive way to get around this.

We have also been having some issues with Sav eating vegetables. Savvy starts her dinner a little earlier than the rest of us (as she eats very slowly) and she starts with the portion of vegetables that she must eat and some meat. Once she eats these foods then she can eat the rest of her dinner (some of her favourite foods - bread, potato, cheese, etc). It's been a battle, but finally she is accepting this new routine.

Charlene said...

Hey at least she was inspired by it...that's something!

SANDRA said...

We recommeded the book in our blog post Rock Art and Books on Aboriginal Australians