Beautiful and filled with metaphor

Summary:

Adam and his grandfather love their time at Loon Lake. There is fishing, peach ice cream, but most of all they love being surrounded by nature. One morning an artist comes to the dock and starts drawing. He sketches all day, not realizing that all of the creatures he had drawn were now gone. He left the sketchbook behind. When Adam and his grandfather went out the next day, they too could no longer hear the cranes or the frogs; there were no fish in the lake. Then Adam discovered the book, he realized what the drawings were missing: color. He spent the day coloring each species, carefully selecting colors to make them vivid.  Would Adam's coloring restore the natural order at Loon Lake? 


Parent Perspective:
Oh, what a beautiful book. It is an unknown treasure. This is a story to read on a summer's night at the lake, for sure. The plot is original and the illustrations are quite lovely.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple text belies a beautiful story that is perfect for bedtime or anytime. Young readers will enjoy the story on its surface, with older readers there is LOTS of metaphor to explore.

Content Awareness Factors:

Absolutely none.


Type of Book:
This picture book is part fantasy, part art story. It can also double as an easy reader for third graders not quite ready to transition to chapter books.
Educational Themes:

Ask your reader what they think about the book. Is it fantasy or is it something else? Are there life lessons - enjoying what you have / not taking things for granted, metaphors for life, etc. Although not included with the book, we recommend finding some coloring pages for some of the creatures mentioned in the story to allow your child to color them just like Adam did.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a wonderful book. I would definitely consider buying a second copy for a grandparent, especially one with whom kids spend time outdoors.

Title Adam's Crayons
Author Niki Leopold
Publisher Galileo Books, Imprint Galileo Press, Ltd. © 2011
Illustrators Barry Nemett, Laini Nemett
ISBN 9780981751917
Material Paperback
Cost $15.00
Genres Animal Character
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