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DRAWING LESSONS FROM A BEAR by David McPhail

DRAWING LESSONS FROM A BEAR

By David McPhail (Author) , David McPhail (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-316-56345-5
Publisher: Little, Brown

McPhail, master of bear stories, tells what could be his own in this gentle urging to be true to one’s calling. Told in the first person, this life of a gentle bear starts when he is only a cub learning all he can from his mother, but inspired to scratch simple claw marks on the floor of his cave. Eventually, these marks become more accomplished drawings and eventually, the bear actually earns awards and honors for his art. Throughout the little history, important lessons are offered. “As I copied, I discovered things that made my own drawings even better . . . but I always found time to do at least one drawing.” And finally, “If you love to draw and you’d rather spend your time drawing than doing just about anything else, I’d say you’re well on your way.” The low-key but powerful message of personal affirmation that runs throughout is one all parents will welcome and all children appreciate. (Don’t miss the drawing lessons on the endpapers, either.) (Picture book. 4-8)