The Art Lesson

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Putnam & Grosset Group, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules", he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the "rules" makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one's individuality.

Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona. Fans of all ages will be pleased to hear that The Art Lesson is, in fact, based on the artist's own experiences growing up, and offers a welcome glimpse into his past. This bright picture book is as covered with drawings as the walls of Tommy's parents' and grandparents' houses, and sends an inspirational message to budding artists and individualists. Break out the crayons!

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The books has great illustrations. - Goodreads
Drawing pictures was his favorite thing to do. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Chris Young - Goodreads

Tommy's passions for drawing and becoming an original artist are encouraged by his family but stymied by his first grade teacher's rules about how art will be done in class. A charming autobiography about staying true to your dreams. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

We take this book out of the library all of the time and always enjoy it. Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific and beloved author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

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