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The Boy Who Drew Cats (The) by Margaret Hodges and Lafcadio Hearn with Aki Sogabe (illustrator) (2002 - Ages 4-8)
In old Japan, a clever, frail peasant boy training for the priesthood cannot resist drawing cats on every available surface. When his exasperated teacher sends him away, he takes shelter in an abandoned temple late at night, not knowing that a murderous goblin haunts the place. After drawing cats all over the dusty walls, the boy crawls inside a small cabinet to sleep. Terrible noises disturb him during the night. When morning comes, he finds an enormous rat lying dead on the floor, and fresh blood on the mouths of the cats he painted...

Baby-Preschool plus Ages 4-8

Adventures of fat cat and her sister, skinny Winni, The: Another tell and draw story by Margaret Jean Oldfield. (1971)

Bible Stories to Draw and Tell by Julie A. Petras (illustrator). (2002)
Reader: Unlike flannelboard stories, you only need to grab a piece of paper and something to write with to prepare for this fun form of storytelling. It only takes a few minutes to tell the story, and you can easily continue the lesson by allowing the children to draw what you have drawn, and/or by inviting them to help you draw other things that illustrate the story.

Big Skills for Little Hands I Can Draw! (Big Skills for Little Hands) by Amy Mayr.
(2008 - Baby-Preschool)
These books will help children build hand coordination and dexterity by teaching them to hold and use drawing utensils. Children will draw pictures while learning an essential skill for school success!
A write and wipe board in the back of the book offers more opportunities for learning. After completing this book, young learners will be proud to say “I Can Draw!”

Collect all titles in this must-have series!
Big Skills for Little Hands I Can Trace! (Big Skills for Little Hands)
Big Skills for Little Hands I Can Cut! (Big Skills for Little Hands)
Big Skills for Little Hands I Can Color! (Big Skills for Little Hands; Ages 2- Up)
Big Skills for Little Hands I Can Paste! (Big Skills for Little Hands)
Big Skills for Little Hands I Can Fold! (Big Skills for Little Hands)

Boy Who Drew Cats (The) (We All Have Tales) by David Johnson. (1991 - Ages 4-8)
An artistic boy's obsession with drawing cats leads him to a mysterious experience. Based on a legend about the Japanese artist Sesshau Taoyao.

Boy Who Drew Cats, The: A Japanese Folktale, by Arthur A. Levine.
(1994 - Ages 4-8)
Kenji, a frail farm boy with artistic talent, is taken to live in a monastery by his poor mother. One priest encourages him to draw cats, at which he becomes adept. When the head priest evicts him (for drawing too much), the boy seeks shelter in a deserted temple that is haunted by a rat goblin. In the hall he finds white screens and paints cats on them. During the night, the painted animals come to life and destroy the goblin.

Brush-on Color Magic: A Guide for Using Color Magic Stains by Kay Bain Weiner. (1994)
Teaches how to use no-fire, Color Magic™ Stains to enhance glass art, jewelry and various craft objects. For metal, glass, sandblasted surfaces, and other materials. Packed with project ideas. Easy to follow, well illustrated.

Caroline Feller Bauer's New Handbook for Storytellers: With Stories, Poems, Magic, and More by Caroline Feller Bauer. (1993)
Updated bibliographies and expanded references make it a practical resource for librarians and teachers looking for inspiration, in-service training materials, and ideas for collection development. Additional materials on whole language, video, poetry, and promotion have been included.

Chalktalks: Draw, Cut & Tell Stories by Janet H. Von Stein and Margaret M. Von Stein. (2000)
A story's sequence of action is revealed on the chalkboard, posterboard, paper, sand, etc. through connecting lines and shapes which develop throughout the story. You actually draw as you tell the story and the finished drawing makes the point of the story. It does not take artistic talent. The young child learns how to retell the story. Their own creativity can help to enrich the story.

Children Draw And Tell: An Introduction To The Projective Uses Of Children's Human Figure Drawing by Marvin Klepsch. (1988)
Reader: This book gives great insight to the way children think and react. It gives great ideas into what children perceive about their families, etc. and how this relates to what they draw. I found this book very readable and informative.

Draw-And-Tell: Reading - Writing - Listening - Speaking - Viewing - Shaping by Richard Thompson. (1989 - Baby-Preschool)
It's a story about a princess who gets so fed up with all the knights boasting about how many dragons they've slain that she leaves home to find a dragon for herself.

Draw and Tell Sacraments (Draw and Tell) by Julie A. Petras. (2003)
Reader: This book is fun, easy-to-use, and the children stay focused on the story. There are many ways to explain the Sacraments to children, but it is a lesson well taught when the children are involved and having a wonderful time. It only takes about two minutes to tell each story, but they are written so well that they do a beautiful job of relating the simple truths to the children.

Draw And Tell Saints (Draw and Tell) by Julie A. Petras. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
This book is fun, easy-to-use, and the children stay focused on the story. It only takes a couple of minutes to tell the story, and you can easily continue the lesson by allowing the children to draw what you have drawn, and/or by inviting them to help you draw other things that illustrate the story.

Draw Write Now, Books 1-8 by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer. (1998 - Ages 4-8)
Beginning drawing and writing lessons for children ages five to ten. The Boxed Set includes Books 1 through 8 of the Draw Write Now series. The books are simple enough for a young child to do independently, but a teacher or parent may present the lessons. Each drawing lesson includes a colorful picture and step-by-step instructions, while the writing lesson includes four simple handwritten sentences.

Frog's Riddle: And other Draw And Tell stories by Richard Thompson (illustrator). (1990 - Ages 4-8)
What does the ghost at Peterson's farm have in common with Hank and the tooth fairy? What similarities do Claudette, Tiki, Buko and the wanderer share? Where would you find the Pizza Peddler, the Horn Players, Will's Gift and the Locked Box? Discover Frog's Riddle, a collection of twelve graphic stories for children ages three to twelve.

Giant I Can Draw Everything (The) by Tony Tallarico (illus). (1998 - Ages 4-8)
From astronauts and dinosaurs to racing cars and super heroes, learn to draw it all! Follow the easy step-by-step illustrations and learn how to draw faces, people, dinosaurs, spacecraft, animals, and much more! By simply studying the pointers at the beginning of each section and putting basic forms together, you'll be drawing just about everything there is!

123 I Can Draw! (Startig Art) by Irene Luxbacher. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
lllustrated step-by-step projects include drawing people, self-portraits, shapes, expressions, textures and more. Budding artists will proudly say, "I can draw!" Encouraging play and experimentation with everyday materials and tools, Starting Art unlocks the creative spirit in every young child. Each book includes a visual glossary of key art terms and a note to parents and teachers on how to ensure a good art experience every time.

I Can Draw Animals (Usborne Playtime Series) by Ray Gibson. (1998 - Ages 4-8)
This is a very simple step by step drawing book. It uses shapes and lines to create some impressive looking animals. The book uses colors that are eye catching and appealing to children. Both my 5 year old daughter and I learned to draw some great looking animals. This book and others in the series helped a hopeless artist survive kindergarten homework that required drawing.

I Can Draw Animals: Draw-Along Fun for Beginning Artists (I Can Draw , No 1) by Walter Foster. (1994 - Ages 4-8)
Aimed at children aged six and upwards, this book uses the grid-art method to teach children to draw, by copying the lines in each square. Easy-to-follow instructions combined with step-by-step illustrations explain how to draw the animals featured. Grid paper is provided.

I Can Draw Dinosaurs: Draw-Along Fun for Beginning Artists (I Can Draw , No 2) by Walter Foster. (1994)
Aimed at children aged six and upwards, this book uses the grid-art method to teach children to draw, by copying the lines in each square. Easy-to-follow instructions combined with step-by-step illustrations explain how to draw the dinosaurs featured. Grid paper is provided

I Can Draw People (Usborne Playtime) by Ray Gibson. ((2000 - Ages 4-8)
Reader: This book is great! Very cute to look at, easy to follow, and the colorful, fun pictures are wonderful. We have this for my son, but all of his friends (girls and boys, 6 years old) want to draw everything on every page and they can do it very well. Steps are simple to master for ages as young as 4, and the book helps build confidence because the kids can really draw what is shown.

Kids Can Draw Ancient Egypt (Kids Can Draw series #16) by Philippe Legendre. (2002)
Designed as a child’s first art series, this bookwill help any child learn the basics of drawing. It’s as easy as drawing a triangle, circle, or square. By starting with these basic shapes, your child can create a pyramid, pharoah, Egyptian god, or anything from ancient Egypt.

Other books in the series:

Kids Can Draw Forest Animals (Kids Can Draw series #2)
Kids Can Draw Dinosaurs (Kids Can Draw series #3)
Kids Can Draw Favorite Pets (Kids Can Draw series #4)
Kids Can Draw the Ocean (Kids Can Draw series #5)
Kids Can Draw African Animals (Kids Can Draw series #7)
Kids Can Draw Animals of the World (Kids Can Draw series #8)
Kids Can Draw Fairy Tales (Kids Can Draw series #10)
Kids Can Draw Pirates (Kids Can Draw series #14)

Kids Can Draw the Mountains (Kids Can Draw Series)
Kids Can Draw Birds of the World (Kids Can Draw Series)
Kids Can Draw Arctic Animals (Kids Can Draw Series)
Kids Can Draw Farm Animals (Kids Can Draw Series)

Magic Brush (The) by Robert B. Goodman and Robert A. Spicer (adapters) with Y. T Mui (illustrator). (1974)
A poor boy's desire to become an artist seems doomed until the gift of a magic brush allows him to more than achieve his cherished dream.

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Magic Paint Brush - A Chinese Folk Tale by Michael W. Behrens. (1999)
A young boy receives a magic paint brush which he discovers can paint doorways into another world. Here, he and a friend explore and play games with a dragon and a mysterious wizard.

Ma Lien and the Magic Brush (Ma Lien To Maho No Fude) by Hisako Kimishima with Kei Wakana (illus) and Alvin Tresselt (translator). (1970)
Reader: This book is a terrific example of using one's gifts to benefit others and not allowing greed and temptation to deter us from our path. It is written so that even a young child can appreciate the magical quality of the story and an older one can hone in on truths that will help them in their own lives

Monkey Face by Frank Asch. (1977)
When Monkey shows his drawing to his friends, each one suggests a slight change.

Mystery Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold by Valerie Marsh. (1993)
This book is very special: you draw, fold and tell. There are mystery-fold variations: fold together ("folding the side together"), single fold ("fold over a section of the lower or upper part"), double fold ("folding the edges of the paper to meet in the middle") and other folds. There are 22 stories.

Story Vine (The) by Anne Pellowski with Lynn Sweat (illus). (1984 - Baby-Preschool) (see pg. 58)
There are stories using string, trouble dolls, thumb pianos and even sand! These stories can frame a multicultural story session nicely. Included is a story from each of the ethnic groups to arrive in the area, starting with the Native Americans and ending with the southeast Asian refugees.

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Ages 9-12

Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Japanese Fairy Tales (The) (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)
by Lafcadio Hearn and Frances A. Davis. (1998 - Ages 9-12)
Talking tea kettles, a monstrous goblin-spider, miniature warriors, and other fanciful creatures abound in exotic tales brimming with warmth and whimsy. 11 excellently translated fables include "The Fountain of Youth," "The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumplings," "The Wooden Bowl," "My Lord Bag-o'-Rice," and more.

Drawing for Older Children & Teens by Mona Brookes with Foreword by Geraldine Schwartz, Ph.D. (1991)
Applying the same principles but with higher-level material and more sophistication than she used in her bestselling Drawing with Children, the author teaches readers everything they need to know to draw for themselves. Includes specific instructions, work sheets, and over 200 sample illustrations.

Drawing Stories from around the World and a Sampling of European Handkerchief Stories by Anne Pellowski. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
The easy-to-follow drawings will enrich the repertoires of many librarians, teachers, and storytellers. The selections from the storyknifing tradition of native peoples of Alaska or the Chinese stories that correspond to the characters of their written language offer a great way to enhance the study of another culture. Some tales will be fun for children to learn to draw themselves.

How to Draw Fast Cars, Monster Trucks, & Fighter Jets by Christopher Hart. (2000)
A guide to drawing cars, trucks and jets. All the most spectacular models are included, from Lamborghini to Lotus to Porsche as well as the entire array of American muscle cars. Timeless classics are highlighted, such as the Jaguar XKE and the Gullwing Mercedes, as are racing cars, such as Formula One, stock cars and rally racers. There are lots of diagrams and blueprints, which demonstrate how a car is built and how an engine works.

How to Draw Supercharacters and Supermonsters by Earl R. Phelps. (1998)
This book will teach you how to draw your own Supercharacters, the human figure, buildings, and much more. Over 600 dynamic easy to learn step-by-step illustrations will show you how create you own masterpiece.

Learn to Draw Now! (Learn to Draw) by Doug Dubosque. (2000 - Ages 9-12)
Introduces techniques and exercises for rendering the basic three-dimensional forms essential for realistic drawing: the cylinder, cone, sphere, and box.

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General Reference for Teachers and Parents

Chalk in Hand by Phyllis Noe Pflomm. (1993)
A book for anyone who tells stories--teachers, parents, and especially children's librarians. Although the storyteller must draw during the presentations, artistic ability is not necessary for success.

Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes. (1996)
A revised and expanded tenth anniversary edition of a best-selling guide designed for parents and teachers of children of all ages presents easy-to-follow lessons for building artistic skill and for using drawing in other scholastic subjects.

Follow-the-Directions Draw & Write Activities: Step-by-Step Directions and Writing Prompts That Guide Children to Draw Pictures and Write Stories About Them by Kristin Geller. (2005)
Help kids learn to follow directions and build fine-motor skills with 35 reproducible draw & write activities that they can complete independently! Each activity features step-by-step directions for drawing adorable pictures, plus creative writing prompts that motivate kids to write about their drawings. Great for instant homework or centers!

How to Teach Art to Children, Grades 1-6 by Joy Evans and Tanya Skelton. (2001)
This book
has it all-background information, literature resources, and concise step-by-step directions for 96 art projects that will help your students learn about the elements of art and then use the elements in the styles of famous artists.

Teaching Young Children to Draw: Imaginative Approaches to Representational Drawing by Grant Cooke. (1997)
This illustrated handbook on teaching young children to draw has been developed using what the authors call the "negotiated drawing approach". It presents this approach to teachers, demonstrating how it works, ideas for future work, and concrete evidence that it actually produces good results.

Think! Draw! Write!: 44 Exciting Activities to Help Children Learn Creative Thinking. Self-Expression, and Writing Skills by Jean Marzollo and Katherine Martin-Widmer. (2001)
44 activities to help teach creative thinking, self-expression, and writing skills. Students think through a story or idea, draw a concept, then write about it. Level One includes parents, meals, pets, and dreams.

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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics by James Sturm. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how – well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic – they just need a little know-how. And Adventures in Cartooning supplies just that.

Animation 1: Learn to Animate Cartoons Step by Step (Cartooning, Book 1) by Preston Blair. (2003 - All Ages)
Includes easy step-by-step exercises as well as finished illustrations or paintings that will inspire artistic talent in anyone. Packed with practical information, helpful tips, and fundamental techniques, the How to Draw and Paint series offers a complete library of resources to which artists of all skill levels can refer again and again.

Big Book of Cartooning by Bruce Blitz. (2001 - YA)
A fun, comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to the basic techniques of cartooning. Blitz explains the process of drawing cartoons with detailed chapters that cover everything from the selection of paper and pencils to sketching animals and portraits. And don't worry if it doesn't turn out right the first time--Blitz's optimistic style and encouraging words will help smooth over the rough spots.

Cartooning for Kids by Mike Artell. (2002 - Ages 9-12)
You don’t have to be a great artist to be a good cartoonist. Because cartoons are based in humor, not art; the secret to their success is to think funny. In this handy guide, you’ll find detailed instructions for creating cartoon people and animals. With a little practice you’ll be drawing adults and children, creatures, and more.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cartooning but Were Afraid to Draw by Christopher Hart. (1994)
Everything a cartoonist needs to know to tell a joke visually, from the effective use of layout, light, and shading to the techniques of conveying emotion. There are lessons in drawing characters in reaction shots and “takes,” indicating specific settings such as underwater and nighttime scenes, and depicting various weather conditions. How to create special effects—from speed to explosions.

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Rabbit Ears Treasury Far East Folktales: Peachboy, The Boy Who Drew Cats (Rabbit Ears) by Rabbit Ears. (Audio CD - 2007 - Ages 4-8)
This is the story of a small Japanese boy whose only interest is in drawing pictures of cats despite his entire village's struggle to defeat a mysterious demon who plagues the countryside. The boy's peculiar talent, at first deemed useless, ultimately restores prosperity to the land in this haunting and enchanting tale.

Boy Who Drew Cats (The) (We All Have Tales) is read by William Hurt.
Original Music by Mark Isham.
The Japanese folktale about a little boy and his cats who vanquish a demon and restore prosperity to the land. A Rabbit Ears Presents selection. Illustrated Size D hardcover book and cassette.

I Had a Rooster by Pete Seeger. (1998 - Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) from the album Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big))

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#1 Selling and Best Value Drawing & Cartooning Set, Includes Insta-cartooner Kit, Drawing Cartoon Paper Pad, Wheel of Features, and 4.5 Hours of Cartooning Dvd
This wonderful drawing & cartooning set includes Insta-cartooner kit, Drawing cartoon paper pad, wheel of features, and DVD library set. (Individual items valued at over $70.00 when purchased separately) It will help young artists to enhance and practice their creativity. Bruce Blitz is our featured cartoonist who created the set. He is well respected TV cartoonist all over the world.

Cartoon Network Colored Markers, Tweety - 12 Pieces
Cartoon Network marker set in assorted colors.
Pack includes twelve, featuring the adorable Tweety character.
Each on measures 3.5 inches.
Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Coloring Board: Cartoon Castle
Fuzzy Fun Board.
Great fun for kids of all ages.
Size: approximately 8 inch by 11 inch.

Toysmith Professional Cartoonist Kit from Toysmith. (Ages 8 years and up)
Draw like a professional cartoonist and create cartoon strips, flipbooks, and zoetrope strips. Professional Cartoonist shows you step-by-step how to draw cartoons. Learn from a pro! Features moving cartoons with animation studio. Includes desktop, comic template, drawing underlays, clip, black marker, no. 2 pencil, blue line pencil, balloon template, desktop with storage, guide book, animation strips, blank animation strips, animation zoetrope, paper and two flip books.

Walter Foster Cartoon Animation Kit
Create life-like movement with an animated flip book.
32-page, easy-to-follow instruction manual.

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Spinmaster Aquadoodle Draw N' Doodle Mat

Just add water, doodle with the "magic" pen and see color magically appear with no mess. Designs dry and disappear in less than a minute. Several kids can play at once. Use over and over again. Includes magic pen, storage pouch and mat. Adult supervision recommended. Measures 32"L x 32"W.

Alex My Art Desk with Paper Roll
This award-winning artist's desk has amazing features that both parents and kids will appreciate! A chalkboard table surface can be set flat or at an angle. A child safe paper cutter at the edge of the table doubles as ledge that stops items from rolling off the desk, and 4 recessed cups hold all of your art supplies. A paper roll holder and paper roll are conveniently tucked beneath the desk.

Alex Paper Roll (12"x100') White
This roll of heavy-duty construction paper is great for any art activity. Roll out any size sheet you like for drawing or painting. You can also cover your table with a piece of the paper to protect your table from messy art activities.

Alex Super Art Table with Paper Roll and Two Benches
This award-winning art table helps inspire children's creativity. This table comes with two benches, has a chalkboard tabletop surface, a hanging paper roll, child-safe paper cutter, 3 cup holders, 3 plastic cups and a canvas storage bag. It is made of sturdy wood and has durable plastic cups so it will stand up to years of art and play.

Alex 26 " Wall Easel With Paper Roll
Every artist needs their workspace, and this beautifully screen printed, hanging easel features a colorful dot motif and blue chalkboard center. Includes a paper roll (12" x 100'), holder, safety cutter, and 3 colorful cups to hold paints or supplies.

Alex Toys Draw like A Pro
A fun and easy way to draw...just turn down the lights, switch on the projector, insert a preprinted slide and trace away| Comes with 124 slides, 6 markers, 10 sheets of paper, and a flip book.

Artist’s Studio Art Case Set
1 Wood Case with Handle 24 watercolor paint tubes (12 ml) 24 acrylic paint tubes (12 ml) 24 oil paint tubes (12 ml) 54 jumbo oil pastels 18 colored pencils 18 watercolor pencils 1 drawing pencil 2 paintbrushes 1 pencil sharpener 1 eraser 1 spatula

Creations By You My Calendar -- Create Your Own Calendar
Put your drawings, photos, scrapbook pages or other masterpieces onto a laser reproduced, personalized wall calendar. Use the art pages and markers included in the kit to create artwork for each month of the year. Give your months some extra flair by adding photographs, stickers or stamps. When your work is done, mail in your art pages using the prepaid envelope provided in the kit, then just wait for your finished work-of-art to come back.

Creations By You My Masterpiece -- Turn Your Drawing Into a Work of Art
Transform your little Rembrandt's masterpiece into a giant wall poster – or display it in a real wood frame. Turn artwork into an extra-large museum-style poster (24" x 18") or put it in a wooden frame (11" x 14"). Poster or nameplate displays artist's name, title and date. Kit includes washable markers and special paper to originate drawings or attach photos. Wood frames are offered in red, blue, black or gold leaf.

Creations By You PlateWorks - Design Your Own Plate
Make your own special 10" break-resistant, dishwasher-safe melamine plate that will last a lifetime! Special drawing pages and a set of washable markers are included in the kit to make your creations. Or simply send in a favorite photograph (optional). You can have your name or a special message typeset around the rim for no extra charge.

Disney Fun to Draw DVD
This kit is perfect for anyone who is curious about what the animators at Disney do, is a budding artist, or is a fan of Disney’s princesses. The DVD shows step-by-step instructions on how kids can illustrate their favorite characters. Even better is the fact that an included book contains "ghosted" images already printed on the pages, so young sketch artists can follow along without frustration.

Giddy Up Blendy Pens El Grande Kit
Up to 276 color combos. Set includes 24 pens with 276 color combos, 20 blendy pen surprise art pictures, 50+ surprise art stickers, 2 sticker backgrounds, 2 page instruction sheet, 12 fusion chambers 24 blendy pens.

LeapFrog® Leapster® Learning Game: Mr. Pencil's Learn to Draw and Write
Mr. Pencil's Learn to Draw and Write is a fun new game for your child's Leapster. This game cartridge holds a series of games that teach drawing and reading, the fun and easy way. Its recommended for ages 4 and above

Melissa & Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad (12"x18")
50 sheets of premium heavyweight white glossy paper. Coated on both sides. Non-absorbant, smooth surface is perfect for finger painting.

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Rainbow Chalk (10 pc)
Colorful, chunky, triangular chalk sticks are easy to hold and wont roll away!

Panline Draw in the Tub Tub a Dub
Imagine all the fun you'll have drawing cool pictures on the bathtub wall or yourself! Each color is formulated gentle enough to be used on the body. Use your imagination to create all kinds of wacky pictures or play a game of tic-tac-toe. Includes six bathtub crayons and duck-shaped sponge.

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Aaron's Storybook - The Boy Who Drew Cats (full text version)
Artists Helping Children: Learning How to Draw and to Draw Cartoons for Children
Children's Step-By-Step Drawing Lessons and Printables
Draw Your World
Five Ways to Learn to Draw What You See
How to Draw an Orchid by Dr. Marvin Bartel, Ed.D.
How to Teach Drawing to Children by Marvin Bartel
Learn to Draw
The Magic Brush (full text version)
Superhero Cartoons (teaching children to draw cartoons)
Teaching Children to Draw
Teaching Drawing Skills - Curriculum Plans for Teachers and Home Schoolers

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Advice, Comments and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
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1) Query:

It's time for my annual plea for SOMEONE to come up with the drawing of a head - an old woman's with a bun on the back of her head made with the numbers 1-9. Any one???


a) There is a Japanese drawing story using numbers (sort of like "She was an only child" and then you draw a one for her nose... "She had two cats" and then you draw a two's, etc.

b) Anne Pellowski has one in her Story Vine (The) - it's not the one I remember MY teachers telling.

2) Tim Jennings suggested something called "chalk talk.
(Chalktalks: Draw, Cut & Tell Stories). Chalk talks are fun. I do "The House That Jack Built" that way, and the kids can chime in on every element. You don't have to be a great picture-drawer (as I explain) as long as you can tell what it's a picture of.

3) I've used Monkey Face by Frank Asch (1977) as a tell-and-draw story for library settings and it works well. Of course, it's under
copyright. Works well with preschoolers and kids slightly older who catch the joke that the drawing does not look anything like his mom.

4) Pete Seeger used to sing "I had a rooster, my rooster loved me, I fed my rooster on green bark tea" as a chalk talk (I Had a Rooster). Some he quite consciously did a bit at a time, letting the kids guess what it was-- one such image was "South end of a cow facing north." It's fun developing the chatter that fills the time it takes to draw the next image. Pictures that can change from one thing into another are always a hit, if you can figure out how to get one in without doing violence to the story. (We used to pass notes in school using some of these, but they wouldn't be suitable for a children's performer: one, I remember, was a light bulb that turned into a "fat lady putting on a girdle." I wonder if any child knows what that looks like anymore? And some folks say there's no such thing as progress!) Cumulative stories are good, because you can use the pictures to pull the kids into participating.

5) These are real gems worth borrowing on interlibrary loan. (Even I can do them!) They're all by the same person, but her name changes along the way.
Margaret Jean Olson - Tell and Draw Stories (Tell and Draw Series)
Margaret Jean Oldfield - More Tell and Draw Stories
Margaret Jean Oldfield - Lots More Tell and Draw Stories (Tell and Draw Series)

6) As you may know I do just this. I am a cartoonist/storyteller. My program Once Upon a Toon
blends storytelling with live cartoon illustration. Unlike traditional chalk talks I do up to 10 pages of illustration for a single story drawing as I tell. But I do have many one drawing tales. I have about 45 stories I tell illustrated, all original or adapted stories. I have also about 20 or so more that I use to teach illustration and storytelling. Those who have taken my workshop have seen my how to draw a rabbit story and drawing. I have been hoping to do a book on the subject myself. I just finished a how to video which I hope to have released in a few months. On it I do teach some of the story drawings. If it goes well I may do a whole instructional video of just how to draw stories. At any rate, I also have done a lot of research into the history of Chalk Talks and performing cartoonist and have some early footage of a chalk talk vaudeville performance. I would be glad to share some of the history with you, and the list if interested. My performance tends to be more complex drawings and illustration of the stories rather than the usual gimmick drawings, but I do certainly have a few of those I have developed too. My interest in Chalk Talks has grown as I began to realize I was really one of only a select few keeping alive the artform, and perhaps one of an even smaller group who tours nationwide. While my program is very different than those early Chalk Talks, I do view what I do as owing a great deal to early cartoonists who told stories. Most chalk talks were performed by cartoonists who also did a bit of patter with the toons. Rube Goldberg, Robert Ripley, Winsor McCay, all did some form of Chalk Talks. — Joe Wos

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