When Mrs. Li asks everyone to draw a rain forest, Regina is paralyzed by caution, coupled with an inability to reproduce the...

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REGINA'S BIG MISTAKE

When Mrs. Li asks everyone to draw a rain forest, Regina is paralyzed by caution, coupled with an inability to reproduce the beautiful scene in her mind's eye; worse, Mrs. Li chides her for crumpling her paper after Regina makes a ""mistake""--an imperfect flower. Another try brings another error, this one managed more creatively by following Mrs. Li's advice to ""draw around it"": the lopsided sun becomes a moon in a night scene, a picture the whole class admires. This sensitive portrayal of a quiet, careful child managing to cope with normal classroom teasing and with a teacher whose no-nonsense attitude might have stifled creativity is illustrated with cheerful realism.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1990

ISBN: 0395700930

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1990