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Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals Paperback – April 5, 2006
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About the Author
Ed Emberley is the Caldecott Award-winning author of the popular Drawing Book series, as well as the best-selling Go Away, Big Green Monster! He lives in Ipswich, MA.
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To draw an animal you follow the a row of, "step by step" pictures which built on each other, and end with a completed animal. For example, to draw a fox, first there was a picture of a circle, then an oval attached to the circle for the body, then the long tail, etc ... down to the whiskers. And since the instructions are all pictorial, she could do these entirely on her own. They were easy enough for her to do, but not so simple for her to become bored and lose interest. There were up about 4 animals you could draw per page, so it will take some time for her to draw all of them, (and knowing my niece, she'll then go back to ones she liked best to improve and perfect them).
II bought another "how to" drawing book from a different author as well, (How to Draw Princesses and Other Fairy Tales by
Barbara Soloff Levy) not knowing if she'd like the way one book taught over the other. Upon opening the book I could see that Ed Emberley's book was far superior for beginning artists. My niece apparently agrees, because despite LOVING all things princess, she flipped through the Princesses "how to" book, then put it aside and spent the rest of the day drawing the animals from Ed Emberly's Drawing Book.
I will definitely be buying more Ed Emberley drawing books in the future!
I'm in my 50s now, and I remember checking this book out of the library and spending hours going through its many drawing examples. Building animals from simple shapes any kid can draw is part of the appeal. Author Emberley teaches in such a way that even the most dexterity-challenged can draw stylized animals. No artist's eye or hand needed, just fun results.
Few books today for children are an insta-buy. This is one of them. Every kid should have this in his or her library. And if you want it to pass down to others, the durable library binding is the way to go and well worth the slight added cost.