Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scribble by Deborah Freedman - Book Review & Spray Bottle Painting Craft

One of the reasons I like to use twitter is because I can connect with such a wide variety of people, follow their random thoughts and discover new ideas and inspiration. Many children's authors and illustrators are active on twitter. To name a few, you can find Mo Willems @The_Pigeon, Carin Berger @CarinBerger, Shannon Hale @haleshannon, and Neil Gaiman @neilhimself.

A while back, I was browsing my twitter feed and noticed a tweet by author/illustrator Deborah Freedman (@DeborahFreedman). This was the tweet:
DeborahFreedman: April showers bring... May showers. And flowers. PB reading suggestions about gardens:
I do love books about gardens so I clicked on over and discovered an amazing image of rain and flowers on her "writes with pictures" blog . I showed it to my daughter and she thought it was beautiful that the cloud was raining stars. I knew she'd enjoy trying to recreate the picture, so in between the rain showers this week we made some spray artwork outside for our stART (story + art) project.

❖❖❖❖❖❖ stART Craft - Spray Bottle Art ❖❖❖❖❖❖

To make the spray paint, I mixed a little water and food coloring together and put it in a spray bottle. We hung a piece of paper on a low clothesline. My daughter squirted her picture with the paint, first using blue for the rain and clouds. Then she turned her paper upside down and added green spray for the grass and flower stems. She hasn't decided yet if she wants to add stars to the painting or flowers, so it's just stems and rain right now. We tried spray painting on a variety of different paper types and found the watercolor paper worked the best and allowed for more vibrant colors. This was a fun activity on a hot summer-like day and later on we even used the clothesline for another purpose -- a tent!

Scribble by Deborah Freedman. Alfred A. Knopf (May 2007); ISBN 9780375839665; 40 pages
(Book Source: Copy from our local library)
While our painting is all blues and greens, Freedman's book Scribble is all pinks and yellows. If not for her twitter post, we might never have checked out this imaginative book from the library and that would have been a complete shame. Scribble is the perfect summertime book because it encompasses all that summer should -- big imaginations, adventures and a mass of creativity. Plus, in a sly way it addresses the sibling rivalry that tends to pick up once school ends and siblings spend more time together.

In the book, two sisters, Emma and Lucie, draw separate pictures while seated across the table from one another and their little white pet kitty watches. Emma boasts about her own pink perfect princess picture and criticizes Lucie's yellow kitty picture, calling it a scribble. Lucie loses her temper and scribbles all over the princess picture. As Emma runs off to tattle, Lucie's picture takes on a life of its own. Scribble the cat takes off and jumps from the yellow page to the pink princess picture. Lucie and the white kitty follow Scribble into the Giant Thicket she scribbled all over her sister's paper. The valiant Scribble the cat decides to try to rescue the beautiful princess and pulls at the tangle of scribbles. Lucie watches on, refusing to give him a hand, but later on changes her mind. Even though Lucie originally tangles with her sister, she eventually does try to make things right, along with the help of her yellow Scribble kitty and white pet kitty.

My artistic little daughter dearly loves this book and wishes she could jump into one of her pictures and follow one of her drawings on an adventure, especially if the adventure involves princesses and happily ever afters! The style of the book is unusual. It starts out almost like a comic book and then the illustrations change to bold yellow and pink backgrounds as Lucie follows Scribble into the drawings. Freedman has a fairly impressive website that includes some fun downloadable pdfs for kids...they can create their own additions to the Scribble and Princess Aurora story. (Plus, there are some great booklists: Books about Art and Imagination and Books about Siblings!)

A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well.

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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like the idea of turning the paper over to make the grass, and letting the drips be stems - very clever. We haven't tried spray bottle painting yet - maybe this summer.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Great activity idea! Thanks for the twitter links as well. I keep trying twitter, getting overwhelmed, and not logging in for weeks. I'll have to give it a go again. :)

Ticia said...

What a cute idea. I'll have to see if I can find a good spray bottle. Right now I just have the mister kind.

sbswtp said...

What a fun outdoor project :) I will have to get a spray bottle...I think Ryleigh would like this activity!

Anonymous said...

Fun project! My kids love using a spray bottle, especially with paint in it.

Jenny said...

Awww, that looks like a great book. So fun for them to spray paint.

Melissa Taylor said...

Thanks for the great recommendation! I can't wait to check out this book!


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

The book sounds great. I am putting it on my library list pronto. And I also like your spray painting - we haven't done it in a while. I wonder if your daughter decides to add to it.

Christy Killoran said...

My kids love spray bottle painting - it's fun! I am going to look for this book on my library website right now!

Charlene Juliani said...

We haven't spray bottle painted yet, we are sooo going to try it this summer though!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

My girls would love this art project, and the book looks terrific! Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!

Anonymous said...

What a terrific project you've come up with! I love it! Especially since I've been doing lots of dripping and splashing myself lately.

Twitter is amazing, isn't it? Thanks so much for the lovely review. I hope you and your daughter have lots more imaginative fun this summer, and that you post the end results of the drip painting.

- Debbie

p.s. I loved the idea of "dripping stars".

Z-Kids said...

We love Scribble as well. Hooray for Deborah Freedman!