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I love this book! It sends a valuable message to young people to not give up. Yes sometimes there are adults that stand in the way of the creativity of a child, as the teacher did in this book, but he didn't let that discourage his dreams and desire to be a creative artist! Sends a good message to youngsters.
I like Tomie dePaola's works, but this has never been a favorite. It is dePaola's autobiography--his telling of how he became an artist--distilled for little readers. DePaola's distinctive artwork pleases me just as much as always. Nevertheless, there's no pleasure in reading his words.The book's protagonist (dePaola's very young self) makes his way through part of a school year by belittling teachers and non-artistic students rather than being gracious, promoting arrogant assertiveness rather than patience, and appears to claim mastery without stooping to imitate or acquire skills from anyone. True masters of art, in whatever media, have never come to fruition in such an unguided, joyless vacuum. If my children show interest or possible potential in fine art, this story is not one I would recommend to them.
The Art Lesson was a great book. My child loved it. It was a smooth flowing read and very understandable. Childrean will not have to ask any questions about words or what a particular sentence means. It is an excellent story for bedtime.