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the big green book

two facts: chip is really good at drawing and i am really not very good. 

over the years as i've lamented the fact that i cannot make a decent looking animal chip has told me that i should get Ed Emberley's Big Green Drawing Book. it helped him as a child, it could certainly help me. 

two weeks ago on a trip to the library the girls and i came home with the big green book. the Drawing Book of Faces followed a few days later. making a horse that actually resembles a horse (as opposed to a flinstones-esque dinosaur) has never been easier. for myself or eve, who has been able to follow the simple step-by-step instructions all on her own. 



in addition to the wonderfully clear and simple instructions, mr. emberley's sense of humor has us all chuckling (or roaring in doubled-over laughter if your name is eve and you are now fully immersed in the world of pre-k humor). i think it is about time we made these books a part of our collection, the vintage editions if possible. i'm not sure it gets better than that first cover. 


(i'm withholding my own drawings. while i was really pleased with myself, i think it is really much more widely impressive that a four-year-old can draw a unicorn made mostly of circles than her 29 year old mom. . .)



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I am so going to go find those books! My kids love to draw and I am NOT the woman to be teaching them. Eve's pics look amazing. Good for her. and I bet yours look great too.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

i love kid drawings. and kids are so eager to learn how.

i'm chuckling. we were doing basically the same thing - just a different book. milli wanted to learn how to draw fairies. so we got a book. how funny.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I totally had those books as a child! (but it didn't do much for my current drawing skills) Hmmm.. I should look to raid those for future childrens... but I'm afraid since I was the last of 6 kiddos it may be in pieces...

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Wow! Eve's drawings are amazing! I'm so impressed. She's got skills!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSaskia

I love Ed Emberley too. I never knew there's an easy way to draw everything!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

Katie, I think that is my drawing...no, maybe mine was something else. I had never seen those books but I too was amazed at what I could do by just drawing circles. And eve is amazing.
Funny how the one Ruthie wanted me to draw was the scary monster, and Eve drew the unicorn. typical.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralyshabean

the faces one looks vaguely familiar.... I too am HORRIBLE at drawing animals, but we are off to the library today and I am going to look him up, how fun!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

alysha- i was trying to figure out who drew the other horse/unicorn i found! i'll write your name on it and keep it in our giant file of artwork.

and you should see ruthie's "scary monster" impersonation this week. she's insane.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

so fun. we're going to have to find these. ruby would LOVE this.

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatria

I ordered both of these for Hailee for Christmas! I love them! Cannot wait for her to see them- I imagine hours of fun for her- Thanks!

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBren

My kids love Ed Emberley too! They really like his Halloween drawing book - great this time of year. You can still get the faces book, the cover is almost the same. The big green drawing book cover, is unfortunately not as cool anymore.

Also check out Dan Green's books - "How to Draw 101 ...." monsters / funny people / things that go.

We love these books for sacrament meeting!

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTania

Funny that you posted this. My aunt and I were just talking about how wonderful Emberly is this weekend. Happy drawing!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterminnesota:madre

You just brought back so many memories. I loved those books. Spent hours perfecting every drawing.

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAja

Love the kids drawings. I would love for you to visit my website. My paintings are based on childen and what their imaginations. JCARANA.COM . Your kids drawings have inspired me to paint today!

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJC Arana

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