Parents often have a hard time getting down and playing with children. As people age, the imagination often gets worse. Facts and figures crowd into the head and take up the place where dreams and wishes used to reside, making it difficult to see a furry monster in a sweater that is hanging in a closet, or a fairy tale castle in a few sheets and a pair of chairs. This is why, whenever you find childrens books that can bridge the gap between the ages, and which both children and adults will love, it’s important to keep them around.
The Art Lesson is a wonderful story written by Tomie dePaola about a little boy who loves to draw. The boy, named Tommy (coincidence? Likely not) is a boy who loves to draw with his crayons. He’s got his pictures hanging everywhere, from the walls of his home to the barber shop where his father works. He can’t wait for the day when he starts at school and when he finally gets to have a real art teacher.
Once he’s in school, however, he discovers that his art class isn’t like he thought it would be, and that the paints are cracked and powdery. The Art Lesson is a great book that shows children that they can not only be what they want to be and can get what they want through patience, but that they can do amazing things with very little, making The Art Lesson a must have book for all types of families.