This week an author of the month in the Virtual Book Club for Kids was David McPhail. We have a sizeable collection of his books in our library, and read many of them over time, but looking through other links in the club, I realize that we barely scratched the surface.
We are joining the Virtual Book Club with a wonderful book for all artists, big and small, Drawing Lessons from a Bear. This is a book with a powerful positive message of following one’s dream, practicing and improving on the way to fame and rewards. No “struggling artists” in this book, but affirmation of faith in your own abilities. Smarty, however, noticed that she is not quite an artist, rather a writer, which is very true, since she would rather write and make things than create art. I think it’s not surprising seeing how she comes from a long line of engineers and teachers, but it was interesting for me to see that she already knows rather well her own abilities and limitations. I still convinced her to reach inside for inspiration and draw something. I promised that if she applies herself, we will frame the picture. Interestingly, she was a lot more motivated by the chance to decorate and paint a picture frame than by an act of creating art. Oh well… Here is her masterpiece