Monday, April 26, 2010

Nonfiction Monday: Sea Creatures You Can Draw, by Nicole Brecke

Drawing books are always popular in libraries, whether public or school. They also make great gifts, even if the recipient is not an avid artist. There is something about the idea that even the most fumble-fingered (or flipper-fingered) can draw something recognizable by following a few easy steps. To test this out, we tried drawing our cousin, the sea turtle (see him on the cover there?)

Here is the result:
We said "recognizeable", not "good", so we'll call it a success! (Freaky thinks he looks like he has eaten a few too many fish).

The directions were fairly easy to follow, although some of the more vague shapes were hard to copy. It might have helped to have a small version of the finished product on the page for reference, rather than just at the end of each set of directions. Each set starts with a paragraph of factual information about that animal, and the book ends with a further reading/web site list, so kids might get away with calling this a reading book during SSR. Hey, we'd count it!

Review copy received from Lerner Publishing Group. To see more reviews of great nonfiction books, follow this link.

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