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Compare and contrast the two Polar Regions, then look at each in depth. Study the Arctic, "The Land of the Midnight Sun", while drawing walruses, polar bears, and people with sled dogs. Then, look at Earth’s most unusual continent, Antarctica, its unique animals and its scientists. The series won the Teachers' Choice Award and is a regular recipient of Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards.

From the Author

I remember drawing the musk ox (in Book 4) in 1963, when I was a student in my mother's class. As we worked on our pictures, she talked about the defensive position musk oxen take against predators. The herd forms a circle with their horns pointed outward, while their young and weak stand safely in the center of the circle. This unique defensive position protected the herds successfully until Europeans and Asians introduced the gun to North America. Suddenly, the defensive stance made musk oxen vulnerable prey, bringing the herds close to extinction. In the early 1900s, concerned people were able to create laws to ban the use of guns on musk oxen, which has helped increase their numbers. My mother's lesson covered nature, history, and social studies. It was fascinating and intriguing. -- Kim Stitzer
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Draw-Write-Now (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barker Creek Pub (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963930745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963930743
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hermanw@1stsrce.com on December 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
My son (eight years old) (very good artist) ate this book up. He copied every page in just three days then he was mixing scenes. His drawings took on a superb quality that he had not reached before. The bonus is, he practices his handwriting while learning interesting facts that are good to know. We'll be buying each edition for Christmas for him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on September 26, 2001
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This is a special Thank you to the authors of this book. My 6 yr. old daughter and I have tremendesly enjoyed this book together. She is a great artist and loves to read. The drawing lessons both help to improve on her reading ability, while giving her great tools for drawing the beautiful and fun pictures displyed. We are both looking forward to more great "Draw Write Now" books.
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We have two kids, one (age 6) who loves to write and draw and who carries a pen and little writing pad around with her wherever she goes, and one (age 9) who loathes to even pick up a pencil or crayon. We have been using the first three books for approximately six months and they both LOVE them. At the behest of the children, I ordered books 4-8 from various merchants. Each book in the 8-book series has a variety of high-interest images. Each section is a two-page spread with the drawing instruction on one page, a completed scene on the next accompanied by four lines of large-print text below. The series begins with simple drawings and simple text in book one and gradually increases to more complex drawings and verbiage while maintaining the four-line format. However, I don't use the books in order. Each morning, I put all eight books on the table and the children (one boy, one girl) each choose from which book they will draw dependent upon their interest and their perceived ability. My 9-year-old has become noticeably more confident in his ability to draw and his penmanship has improved dramatically. And this was a boy who cried every time he had to write ANYTHING and never even liked to color. He doesn't cry about writing any more and he looks forward to drawing every morning now. This series has been a lovely way to help build confidence in our reluctant boy, who has even taped a few of his pictures on his wall(!) and has helped to hone the ability of our daughter who is just naturally more oriented toward writing and drawing. I can't recommend this series of books highly enough.
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The Draw Write Now series is a fabulous way to get a reluctant writer to practice good letter formation. The technique concentrates on the movements of the hand needed for making legible letters by introducing the same movements in fun to follow drawing lessons. The drawing skills translate to handwriting skills which are practiced by writing informational sentences about the subject of the art lesson. For example, a drawing lesson on how to sketch a polar bear would accompany four short, informational sentences to copy about polar bears. I have used several books in this series now and they are all wonderful. I highly recommend them!
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By Jeanee on April 24, 2014
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We have used book 1 in homeschooling for my 6 year old in addition to our handwriting program. You draw a picture of an animal or person and copy a few sentences about it. We ordered this book because we did a unit on Orcas. These books are wonderful though they obviously progress in difficulty so start with the first book if your child is younger. I will definitely be ordering books 2 and 3. Though my child can do many of them some of them are still a little tricky for her. We started when she was five. Might be better for 1st or 2nd grader. Book came quickly and was in great condition.
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By Christine Sather on December 18, 2012
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This is a great book for lower elementary (the writing part) but can be easily adapted for older kids. I LOVE the variety of pictures they can learn to draw - we've already had a lot of fun with some of them! Thanks so much
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By A Customer on August 10, 1998
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This book is brightly illustrated and well priced for the high quality. It is a wonderful resourse for parents as well as children. The subject matter covers a broad range of interesting information. Bravo!
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