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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User Review  - TimGordon - LibraryThing

The Art Lesson could be used as an interactive read-aloud with second graders to teach about character. The book has a great character conflict and ends up with a good resolution. Students could ... Read full review

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User Review  - jthodesen01 - LibraryThing

This is a great book for kindergarten, first, or second grade. It would be a great book to utilize for relating a children's book to real life since all kids have experienced something that they ... 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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