“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Minden, C., & Meier, J. (2010). The drawing lesson. Mankato, MN: The Child’s World.
Lexile Measure: 130L
Synopsis: Herbie, a bear, holds a round, yellow object and communicates to the reader that the object is a circle. The bear then asks the reader: “Can you find the circles in this book?” Herbie is an “artist” and teaches Hank how to draw a face using circular objects.
Rationale for Classroom Use: The Drawing Lesson is a high-interest book for beginner readers because young children love to draw. The book explores circular objects (illustrations) and makes a connection with the importance of helping others, teamwork. It can also be used as an interdisciplinary activity when introducing shapes in Math.
Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.