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The Art Lesson (Paperstar Book) Paperback – December 21, 2001
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Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tomie DePaola's charming story has realistic language -- he talks the way kids think -- and emotions to which anyone can relate. He tells the story of Tommy, who more than anything looked forward to first grade, when he would finally get REAL ART LESSONS and start on the road to becoming an artist like his beloved cousins. Things get off to a rocky start, but the solution is as satisfying as any you'll read. The book offers a great lesson on how to be yourself and dream big.
P.S. One more secret: If you like this book, you'll love _Emma's Rug_ by Allen Say. Artists of all kinds, unite!
We enjoyed reading a book where the child really grows up doing what he has always wanted to do. This is a story about a child who loves to draw. His teacher only gives him one piece of paper and won't let him use his birthday crayons. But still this can't stop him from drawing. Read The Art Lesson to find out how he solves his problem.
Young Tommy received a wonderful 64-color box of crayons for his birthday just after school began for first grade. However, his teacher took them away because "everyone must use the same crayons--school crayons," which happened to be the same old eight colors. Imagine his dismay!
(The teacher looks bad here, but consider what she does. Whether it is fair or not, she is trying to put the children on the same playing field with the school crayons. Tommy's 64 colors would have given him a touchdown even before the game began. We always look at how awful the teacher is for denying individuality and autonomy, but I can appreciate what she is trying to do. I don't know the answer in this case, but a perfect solution IS provided in the story!)
When the art teacher comes to teach the first greatly anticipated art lesson, Tommy can hardly sleep the night before. Need I say the lesson is disappointing? Wait! The art teacher and his first grade teacher work out a satisfactory solution. Voila! Tommy is on his way to becoming an artist.
The story promotes steady resolve, unflinching determination, and joy in doing what is loved. A hearty recommendation!
Note: The name is spelled T-o-m-m-y in the story and was perhaps changed when Tomie dePaola actually began to be published.
Tommy really wants to draw, and that is what he spends most of his time doing. When Tommy finally gets to go to art lessons, he wants to draw what he wants, not what the teacher tells him. So the teacher tell him once he draws what she wants him to he can draw anything he wants, and he sure did.
I think that it is really great that Tommy never gave up drawing and it followed him through his whole life, and he is still doing it today. I would recommend this book for children ages 4-8, and I think that it would show kids to do what they want to and never give up.
Upon closer examination, I recognized that this was a golden opportunity to use this book to teach author's craft and purpose. I decided to use this book to introduce this skill to a middle school ESL class. Initially, I was afraid that they would be insulted that I was using a children's book with them. However, I was pleasantly surprise: many of them had read it in Spanish in their home country, so they possessed background knowledge. Since they had prior knowledge, I was able to expand upon it by introducing how the author crafted the book using specific writing strategies and that his purpose was to reflect his childhood awakening to a life as a writer and artist.
I would definitely recommend this book as a high interest, literacy-enriched text for children; it also is an extraordinary resource for teaching challenging skills such as author's craft and purpose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely biographical story about Tomie dePaola's love of art from the very beginning.Published 1 day ago by Arthur A. Lang
I like Tomie dePaola's works, but this has never been a favorite. It is dePaola's autobiography--his telling of how he became an artist--distilled for little readers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by iruninaskirt
My friend from church enjoys reading dePaola books to her two year old grandchild.Published 7 months ago by JPL
I absolutely loved this book as a child and recently purchased it for my son. It came quickly and in pristine condition, very satisfied!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a future art teacher (and subsequently, a parent), I was excited to use this story in a project for graduate school. I thought it was a fantastic story! Read morePublished 10 months ago by ML
This book bothered me enough that I had to write a review, especially seeing all the positive reviews here. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cheshire