Written and Illustrated by: Barney Saltzberg
Follow Andrew as he explores his imagination and creates drawings of the things he sees and imagines. Start by looking over the cover and illustrations throughout the story and discussing various elements of the illustrations. Begin the conversation with questions like:
What do you see on the cover?
What is Andrew doing?
Where is the elephant’s trunk?
What other things do you think Andrew will draw?
As You Read
Andrew’s creations in the story are usually hidden behind pages and flaps for children to discover, so allow your child to turn the pages and pull back the flaps to make these discoveries on his/her own. As you read, encourage your child to predict what it is that Andrew has drawn by saying, “ Andrew used his imagination to make these drawings. Let’s use our imaginations to guess what he is going to draw next. I think he is going to draw a _______. What do you think he will draw?” Ensure your child that you are just guessing and that there is no right or wrong answer. This will help him/her feel more comfortable getting creative and serving up his/her guesses. Once you have pulled the flap back to reveal Andrew’s completed drawing, discuss what he draw. Ask, “What did Andrew draw? Was it close to what you guessed?”
Drawing is an incredibly fun and powerful activity, enabling children to take a blank page and create something that is all their own. Ask your child how s/he he may relate to Andrew in his creative state. When Andrew discusses drawing things that he has seen and imagined, ask, “Do you like to draw things that are real, imaginary, or both? What kinds of things? What does Andrew use to draw? Do you like to use a pencil like Andrew or do you like to use colors? What kinds of colors?”
Summarize and Interpret:
Take some time to discuss the story once you are through by asking questions like:
Which was your favorite picture that Andrew drew?
What do you think it means to “noodle”?
Why do you think Andrew likes to draw? Why do you like to draw?
How is drawing like making magic?
Activity: Complete the Drawing
Supplies: Paper and drawing materials (crayons, pencils, markers, etc)
You can take Andrew’s drawings and help your child turn them into a completely different creation. Start off by making a simple line or curve on a sheet of paper like in the illustration below. Now instruct your child to make a drawing that includes this curve in it. S/he could draw a landscape with grass, flowers and trees or create an abstract piece with swirls, squiggles and scribbles. It’s completely up to your child, giving him/her the freedom to turn this simple line into something wild and imaginative! You can continue the fun but using more of Andrew’s drawings to create new pictures.