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*Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals* by Ed Emberley

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Nighty Night, Little Green Monster
Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals
by Ed Emberley
Grades 2-3 32 pages Little, Brown April 2006 Paperback    

Sharpen your crayons and grab a handful of paper - you’re going on a drawing safari! Ed Emberley’s classic concise instructions will have every reader capturing all kinds of critters with a few strokes of a pencil. Using a minimum number of shapes, lines and letters, a wide variety of interesting animals will come to life before your very eyes.

The first page shows all of the figures that are used throughout the book. By combining these shapes and squiggles in a type of artistic arithmetic equation, the animals are quickly and easily created. Starting with dots and wavy lines and moving up to more complex illustrations, each page features a fun lesson.

Ed Emberley’s sense of humor creates an atmosphere of friendliness and excitement. A touch of silliness is seen with illustrations like a brown ant wearing a green sweater and a pig with trousers. Children will giggle as they learn to draw creatures that matter to them. Step-by-step instructions are included with each drawing lesson, providing expert advice and solid encouragement. Young readers will soon understand that sketching animals is an attainable goal.

Besides the basic grouping of lines and shapes, the author also offers instructions on depicting emotions and embellishing the original drawings. In a short time, children will master the lessons, thereby gaining self-confidence while becoming more attentive to details. Drawing is an excellent way to develop small motor control, which will help in handwriting and other similar tasks. Yet, to a child, this book is just plain fun!

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