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: http://bit.ly/anY5eXI 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.
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 pagesWhile 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.
(Book Source: Copy from our local library)
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. http://www.deborahfreedman.net/funstuff/drawing-pages (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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