From the Publisher
Celebrate the wonders of autumn with lessons on pinecones, owls, squirrels and more. Developed by an elementary school teacher and co-authored by her daughter, each colorful lesson combines beginning drawing instruction with writing exercises. Children can complete the lessons successfully on their own, but the book is far more than just a drawing book. The lessons are easy to integrate into unit studies, to modify for language arts instruction, or as help in writing and illustrating reports. The series won the Teachers' Choice Award, is a regular recipient of Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards, and was selected one of the top new products at NSSEA Ed Expo 2001.
From the Author
When we began working on this book, Marie Hablitzel (my mother and co-author) showed me a lesson of how to draw a cluster of grapes by drawing rows of circles positioned like a stacked set of billiard balls. I had not seen this lesson in years and seeing it then, prompted me to flashback to a proud moment when I was seven-years-old.
Alone, using water from the wading pool, I made circles with my wet fingers on the sun-warmed surface of the cement patio in our backyard. My challenge was to draw four circles, the same size, in a row. This is difficult to draw freehand since it involves two tasks -- duplicating the size of a circle and keeping all the circles on a level line. On this hot day, my circles quickly evaporated into the dry air, so I repeatedly attempted to draw a perfect row. After mastering a decent row of circles, I proceeded to add a second row of circles nestled into the spaces between the circles in the first row. Many tries later, I got three rows of circles to line up correctly, creating a staggered pattern. The circles vanished, but I was glowing with pride!
Thirty years later, with Marie's simple drawing of grapes before me, I had something concrete as to why I was so passionate about my mother's lessons. Yes, my mother taught me to draw, but she also taught me to think, be observant, and pay attention to details - all the while filling my head with questions to ask or ponder. -- Kim Stitzer
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