Saturday, July 14, 2012

Children's Picture Books: Willow


Written by:  Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrated by:  Cyd Moore
Published by:  Sleeping Bear Press, 2008

Miss Hawthorn's room is neat and tidy, not a pencil or paintbrush is out of place. And that's how she likes it. And she likes trees that are colored green and apples that are painted red. Miss Hawthorn does not like things to be different or out of the ordinary. Into Miss Hawthorn's classroom comes young Willow. She doesn't color inside the lines, she breaks crayons, and she sees pink trees and blue apples. What will Miss Hawthorn think? Magical things can happen when your imagination is allowed to run wild, and for Miss Hawthorn the notion of what is art and what is possible is forever changed.

* I thought this would be a great book to read to my art loving daughter.  In this story Willow's art teacher Ms. Hawthorn wants everyone to make their art look exactly like hers.  But Willow doesn't see things the same way and does her own thing, which annoys Ms. Hawthorn.  It is Willow's kindness and creativity that eventually sparks a positive change in Ms. Hawthorn. This book has won multiple awards including the Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence.  Although I'm not much of an artist myself, I enjoyed the message about embracing creativity and individuality and that kids can help influence positive change.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up. 

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